When we learned that a Camino resident’s 1962 Corvette had been stolen during Classic Car Weekend it sure seemed like an interesting story. Unfortunately, the Pacific Grove Police Department wouldn’t tell us the name of the Corvette’s owner. That seemed like basic information to us, the sort that would help locate the vehicle. Not telling us the car’s owner was just plain weird.
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Of course, the Pacific Grove Police Department seems more concerned with someone parallel parking with the front of the vehicle pointing the “wrong way” than recovering a stolen vehicle during one of the most popular weekends on the Monterey Peninsula.
Fortunately, after publishing the item about the stolen Corvette owner, Pat Monahan came in and gave us a more in-depth story and photos. We weren’t the only ones to think this was a story. After the story ran on our front page and our Website, the New York Times followed up with a story and put it on its Website, then Yahoo carried it on its Website.
The wide publicity about Monahan’s car led a resident in San Jose to realize what looked like an abandoned Corvette was probably the stolen Corvette. And now Pat and Terry Monohan have their 1962 Corvette back. It is somewhat worse for the wear, but at least it didn’t disappear into a cargo container headed for some foreign port. Monahan plans to rebuild his ‘Vette. When that happens we hope to have a photo of him and his reconditioned Corvette in front of the Mountain Democrat.
We were pleased to help in the recovery of the Corvette and give our readers a story with a happy ending.