Derby Police Recover Malibu Stolen In Storage Unit Burglaries

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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Update

Derby police have recovered a 1965 Chevelle Malibu stolen from a storage facility last week, according to Derby Police Sergeant Frank Knipser. The Malibu was one of two classic cars among items stolen from a Derby storage facility.

A search warrant was served in the investigation early Saturday near 79th Street South and Laura in Derby.

No additional details were provided at this time. Watch KAKE News at 6 and 10 for an update.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Update

Two classic cars are among items stolen from a storage facility. Now Derby Police are looking for burglars unlike any they've encountered before.

The cars stolen were a 1965 Chevelle Malibu and a 1927 Model T Coupe Hot Rod.

Police discovered the burglaries this week when they responded to Storage Systems on N. River in Derby. Officers arrived to find 12 of the units had been broken into, with eight of them still open. But what police say makes the burglary unusual is that four of the units had their locks replaced by thieves.

"It's just ridiculous that somebody would do that," said the owner of one of the stolen cars, Rodney Wachholtz.

Wachholtz says his 1965 Chevelle Malibu was more than just a car to him.

"When they lifted that door up and that car was gone it's just, it's a lot of memories gone," said Wachholtz.

Wachholtz had owned the car for more than 30 years. Some of the memories he had of it included everything from entering it into car shows, to getting a custom paint job.

"My wife's name is Dixie, and on the side of the doors, I had it all pinstriped and it's got her name on the door, 'Dixie,'" said Wachholtz.

Just two storage units down, another car collector had his 1927 Model T Coupe stolen. He had spent two years restoring and converting the coupe into a hot rod. The restored car is worth around $15,000 and is between insurers, so the owner says he won't be reimbursed.

Wachholtz also says he only had liability coverage on his vehicle, so he will not be reimbursed either.

"Any loss is a blow to the owners, but if they've been taking care of them or restored them themselves, I can imagine [it would be a hard loss to take]," said Derby Police Lt. Jimmy Queen.

Police say the stolen cars could be a sign that the thieves were looking for large items. Officers also say the fact that burglars replaced the existing locks with their own could mean they planned on coming back.

"It's all speculation right now until we catch them and talk to them," said Queen.

That's something the owners of the stolen cars say they can only hope for.

"It's just a good 'ole car and we've got a lot of memories with it," said Wachholtz.

Investigators are still looking for the suspects.

Anyone with information should call Derby Police Detective Chad Carson at (316) 788-1558, or Derby Crime Stoppers at (316) 788-TIPS.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

On January 18th, Officers were called to the Storage System facility located at 408 N River.

It was discovered that unknown suspect(s) had burglarized numerous storage units. Once the burglaries were completed the suspects placed their own locks on some of the units making it appear that nothing had happened.

The items confirmed stolen are a black 1927 Model T Coupe Hot Rod TAG #139167 and a white with a blue top 1965 Chevelle Malibu 4 door Tag #149896.

Anyone having information on the location of the cars or any information about the burglaries can contact Detective Chad Carson at (316) 788-1558 or Derby Crime Stoppers.


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