Police Recover ’57 Chevrolet Stolen from Burien City Garage; Suspect Arrested

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On Wednesday night (Oct. 31), Burien detectives located the turquoise 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that was stolen from Burien City Garage in September, after serving a search warrant at a house in SeaTac (read our previous coverage here).

Here’s a video released showing the car after it was recovered by Burien Police:

The car was discovered stolen Sept. 23 from the garage in the 14900 block of Ambaum Blvd. SW, when an employee found the business had been forcibly entered and the classic car, which had been parked in the showroom, was missing.

On Monday, Oct. 29, police received information that the suspect was attempting to trade the stolen car for another classic car that had been listed for sale in Colorado on the internet. The suspect texted the man in Colorado, who had the classic Impala listed for sale, asking if he was interested in a trade.

The Colorado man received a text picture of the stolen Bel Air and became suspicious because of the car’s value. The man searched the internet in Seattle for information and found a news article about the stolen car. He immediately called the Burien City Garage where the car was stolen from.

Duane Quande, the shop owner, passed the information on to detectives who began an investigation into the matter. By Wednesday, detectives had enough information to obtain a search warrant to search a garage in the 17300 block of 33rd Ave South in SeaTac.

The search warrant was served around 7 p.m. and detectives located the stolen car inside the garage. The car appeared to be in good condition.

The suspect, a 33-year old Tukwila man, was arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

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12 Responses to “Police Recover ’57 Chevrolet Stolen from Burien City Garage; Suspect Arrested”
  1. lisa says:

    woo-hoo! congrats on recovering your property!

  2. sallie tierney says:

    Thrilled the car was recovered! My dad had one exactly like it – excellent car.

  3. Shari says:

    A round of serious applause for the Impala seller in Colorado!

  4. Dick says:

    What a great end to a bad story. Congrats to the man in Colorado

  5. Come on folks a little credit for the detective who did a lot of work on this case and actually found the location of the car that the Colorado caller did not have. My hat is off to him.

  6. Joe Wills says:

    My Hat is off to ALL those involved in finding the car. She is a beauty and looks like from the pictures she is still intact !!! Good work to all….

  7. elizabeth2 says:

    How happy we are to hear this. We have dealt with the garage for a long time and are always impressed with the kindness and service we receive.

    Kudos to all involved! Good news.

  8. Dawn says:

    This is my uncle’s car and he is so thrilled to get this back, he worked on it for years and does not have children…..this is his baby!!!!

  9. Cheryl says:

    Yes!!! I’m so happy for Duane. He is a family friend. He and his mechs has worked on my cars for numerous years and I trust him. I would highly recommend him. I enjoy looking at his Chevy whenever I”m in the shop.

  10. Sagz says:

    Wow and it’s all in one piece!

  11. jackandmarva says:

    Duane and Mary, We were just sick to hear your 57 was stolen, we felt your pain. So very happy to hear you got it back. Thanks to all who helped you find it.

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