Canny thieves broke in through the roof a Mt Eden car workshop, came down on a hoist and stole $60,000 worth of tools and a rare, and irreplaceable, 1971 Chevrolet Statesman.
The classic car was the pride and joy of Mt Eden Vehicle Car Care owner Brendon McDonald who has owned it for a decade and spent most of his downtime working on it.
He said only 2000 of the cars were ever produced, 200 of which came to New Zealand.
"We used it for our wedding. My wife's quite upset. We can't replace it," he said.
Constable Logan Ewers, of Avondale, said the burglary took place some time between 6pm on June 29 and 12.30am on July 1.
"The offenders got on to the roof and removed nails from a clear roofing panel. Then they got into the workshop."
McDonald believes the burglary took place at 12.30am on July 1 because that's when he got a phone call to say the alarm had been activated.
"To sit on the roof and wrench out nails makes a lot of noise. This place was locked up like Fort Knox. This all happened in 16 minutes.
"They came down on the hoist. We think there may have been another vehicle too. They've taken a massive tool cabinet. I've lost $60,000 worth of tools and equipment plus the car. They were quite keen and they closed up once they left."
He said Armourguard did a check of the property at 12.46am after the alarm was activated and didn't find anything amiss. It wasn't until McDonald's wife and some of the workshop staff arrived on July 2 that the missing items were discovered.
"It's unbelievable that no-one saw anything. My car is so loud. I think they came for the car. The tools were an accessory.
"We know the car had no gas in it. They've run out of gas somewhere close to the workshop. They've got no keys for the car. I thought it was safer here than at home."
A neighbour spotted the car in St Lukes at 10.30am on Sunday.
"She said to me: 'It's definitely your car'.
"She thinks the driver was in his 30s and European."
The car is a right-hand drive and is matt black with glossy black mag wheels.
McDonald is prepared to put up a reward for its return. Contact Avondale police on 8205700.
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