An orange 1974 Buick Apollo being restored by elementary school students in Boston Bar was stolen sometime over the weekend.
Police said the car, with a distinctive white racing stripe, was being used as a school project, and was stolen along with a green U-Bilt flat deck trailer sometime between 4:30 p.m. April 30 and 10:30 a.m. May 2.
“It’s very disappointing to have this car stolen from the kids who have worked so hard on it,” said RCMP Const. Steve Thackeray.
The Buick is not currently insured, but the trailer is and has a BC licence plate number 74359Y. The car had recently been painted and is worth about $25,000. The motor in the car is worth about $12,000.
Police said two students told a teacher they were on the school property two weeks earlier and saw a man driving a truck with a U-Haul trailer they thought might be “casing” the Buick.
The vehicle and trailer were parked under an overhang on the school property, and it appears the thief or thieves put a lot of effort into stealing them.
Both were secured by lock and chain to steel poles supporting the overhang, and the trailer also had a lock on the tongue.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Boston Bar RCMP at 604-867-9333 or leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers 1-888-222-TIPS.