Owning a classic car comes with many perks and few pitfalls. Yet anybody who has ever owned a valuable classic car will tell you that their number one fear is having it stolen. That’s because stolen classic cars are difficult to track down, and even harder to recover. Many rare vehicles up and disappear into the car collections of less-than-honest businessmen, often located in countries with corrupt police and sour relations with America.
Yet sometimes these stolen cars don’t get very far at all. The Charlotte Observer reports that a very rare 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 stolen five months ago from Salisbury, North Carolina was recovered in a storage building just one county over. Now Sheriffs are hunting for a man they want to question in connection with the case.
The Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding the Mustang, which sent county officials to check out a storage building Linwood, 20 miles from where the car was stolen. Sheriffs discovered the Boss 429 Mustang, estimated to be worth upwards of $200,000, inside the building. The Sheriffs have put out an arrest warrant for one Daryl Lewis Lyerly, 31 (pictured left), of Davidson County.
The Boss 429 Mustang was one of several cars stolen from the lot in Salisbury, and its recovery 5 months after the fact is a small miracle for the owner. Most likely, the thief or thieves were waiting for the heat to cool down so they could sneak the car out of the country and resell it.
Then again, maybe the thieves didn’t realize what they just stole; selling a real Boss 429 Mustang is no small feat, as just 800 of the cars were built. Putting it up for sale for a low price could raise some red flags. Either way, with the car recovered, all that is left is to find the culprits responsible for the theft.