On Sunday, Tony Copler’s 1992 Buick was stolen. Three days later, it was found, but in terrible condition. The car, which had been painted silver, was given a shoddy coat of white paint by the thief. However, as KREM 2 News reports, that’s not the worst thing that happened to it. It also caught on fire.
Mr. Copler told KREM, “Easter Sunday, I went to work at a local bar here, went out, noon it was there. Came out, 1:30…gone.” He has owned the car for six years, and beyond the frustration of having the car stolen, he has to deal with what the thief did to it. The car is now covered in white paint, on both the exterior and the interior. The thief didn’t stop there, he even painted Mr. Copler’s hat white.
To make matters worse, the car was only discovered because…it caught on fire. A woman in the area where the car burst into flames says that the man who was driving it was trying to get items out before he rushed into a nearby auto repair shop to ask for buckets of water. That shop’s owner, Veronica Ebel, told the station that the man and her husband tried dousing the flames, but when sirens of an approaching fire truck were heard, the still unidentified man took off. Ms. Ebel says that when the fire was put out, police officers pulled out presumably stolen items like prescription pills, passports, and credit cards.
Mr. Copler told the station he had only bought the car for $1,000 but is still shocked and “devastated” over what happened. As he put it, “How can anybody do this? ‘Make it their own’ so quickly?”
More info: KREM