Police find antique stolen car abandoned at roadside, locate owner

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. – Police in LaPorte County had a mystery on their hands this week.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Monday to Wilhelm Road south of County Road 1000 North near the Indiana/Michigan state line where they found an abandoned vehicle.

4 Fast Facts

  • Antique car found abandoned in LaPorte County
  • Police said ignition had been compromised and VIN was missing
  • Car was reported stolen in Michigan in September
  • A trailer that was also stolen hasn’t been located

But this wasn’t your typical car—police said it’s an antique Mercury Monterey that appeared to be from the 1960s. The car was in good condition, although the ignition had been compromised and the vehicle identification number had been removed.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of the car on Facebook in hopes of finding the owner.

As it turns out, the car was reported stolen on Sept. 2 in Michigan’s Chikaming Township, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana. Police there said the car had been parked in front of the business and was up for sale. They managed to contact the owner, who planned to pick up the car Thursday.

The car was sitting on a trailer when it was stolen. The trailer has not been recovered, police said.