Thieves Steal $100,000 In Property, Including Race Car, From Wichita Business

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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Bob Musgrove made the discovery Sunday afternoon after a trip to his mother and father's gravesite.

"I'm glad I visited with them first because I was able to stay pretty calm," Musgrove said.

The owner of RPM Motorsports was calm but angry. He had found that his truck with an enclosed trailer, which had a Corvette drag race car inside, had been taken Saturday night from his business on W. Kellogg.

"It's a very cold feeling inside when somebody takes something from you that you've worked very hard to have," Musgrove said.

Determined thieves had broken into his locked parking lot and locked vehicles.

Many business owners say they see an increase in thefts close to the holidays and that this year has been no exception, as Musgrove learned over the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, within minutes of finding his property gone, Musgrove called police and his friends, who got the word out. They posted on Craigslist, along with numerous other sites.

By Sunday night, police had made an arrest and recovered some of items that had been in the trailer, just not the big ticket items.

"It caused for a pretty sleepless night," Musgrove said.

But shortly before noon on Monday, he received some good news.

"I got the call they had found the trailer and the (race)car," Musgrove said.

Police tracked it down to a lot off of South Hoover. The trailer had been stripped down and the racecar had been scratched. But, they are now back in his possession.

He's still missing some key items, among them, the maroon truck, a three-wheeler, and a generator that he believes the other thieves still have.

"All my drag racing friends, all of my biker friends, all of my friends who don't want to lose anything of their own, we're all looking for you," Musgrove said.

But he says the police and his friends have already made a lot of progress and he hopes that sends a message.

"Hopefully set an example a little bit with the help of police department and the sheriff's department, that maybe if everybody works together, we can get back what is ours," Musgrove said.

The truck that is still missing is a 1989 GMC. It is maroon and has Kansas license plate number: TFQ683.

If you have any information, please contact the Wichita Police Department.

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