News Update: Stolen Cars Returned To Veteran

ABC30

Previously we covered the plight of Don Klein, an Air Force veteran, who had two classic cars stolen the night before Veteran’s Day. Fortunately, this story had a happy ending and both cars were returned to their rightful owner. According to ABC30, law enforcement apprehended two suspects, 38-year-old Jennifer Carlton and 34-year-old Thomas Cummings.

Both Carlton and Cummings are currently in jail, but a third suspect is not in custody. The news story explained that the Fresno County Sheriffs took the time to wash both cars before returning them to the Klein family. From the video, it appears that both the ’55 Bel Air and the ’66 El Camino were returned in amazingly good shape.

Both of the classic Chevrolets were stolen from a barn in Kerman, California. During an interview with ABC30, Klein stated that he would probably never see either car again, but fortunately he was wrong. Klein has made plans to keep the classic cars safe from car thieves in the future. According to ABC30, a law enforcement officer presented the couple with two Club-like anti-theft devices a press conference.

Photos from ABC30

It was an emotional return for Klein because of the memories associated with both cars. Klein restored classic cars for each of his eight grand children; the 1966 El Camino was a project that he worked on with the help of his grandson. Unlike the El Camino, the Bel Air was a project that he completed for his wife, Faith, to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. The couple had one just like it when they were just dating back in 1957.

About the author

Lauren Camille

Lauren is a graduate of California State University Fullerton, and has experience working for several enthusiast publications. She enjoys drag racing, classic Fords, and vintage Lincolns. She currently races a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, and has a soft spot for 1960’s Lincolns. Currently, her collection includes: ’04 Cobra Convertible, ’65 Mustang Fastback, ’04 F350 6.0 diesel, ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a ’87 Jeep Wrangler. She provides insightful content as a freelance writer for Power Automedia.
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