Classic Chevy Impala stolen in Livonia Craigslist transaction gone wrong

Car stolen from craigslist

LIVONIA, MICH. - Perhaps he was looking for a new ride for the Woodward Dream Cruise?

A Livonia resident who lives on Floral came into the police station Sunday afternoon to report the theft of his 1969 Chevrolet Impala after meeting the suspect in a Craigslist transaction.

The resident said he listed the vehicle for sale on the website when he got connected with the suspect. The man showed up to the victim's home Aug. 11 to look at the vehicle, and asked if he could test drive it for a day or two. He then took the vehicle, saying he would take it to a shop to have it looked at and would return the vehicle.

The suspect did not return with the vehicle, and the victim had not been able to get a hold of the suspect. He tried a phone number and went looking for the man's card, but could not locate it. 

The victim said the suspect showed up with a friend in a light-colored minivan. He was in his early to mid-30s, had short brown hair, medium build and clean-shaven.

Livonia police remind city residents that transactions through online sites such as Craigslist can be completed at the Livonia Police Department, 15050 Farmington. In addition to using the police station's parking lot as a place to conduct such transactions, the station also offers a service to Livonia residents to make sure items being bought and sold are not stolen. That service is offered during the day in the police department.

The car was green, has a historical license plate and had a black vinyl top. Anyone with information regarding the vehicle can call Livonia police at 734-466-2470.

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