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Dying Man's Stolen Hot Rod Recovered

A high-priced set of wheelsis now back with its rightful owner.

Wednesday night, the FresnoCareer Criminal Auto Theft Task Force recovered a 1952 Chevy Bel-Air, at a homenear Butler and Fowler in Southeast Fresno.

The classic car belongsto well-known auto restorer Ken Colombini. He has helped customize hot rods in theCentral Valley for more than 40 years. {}

Colombini is dying ofprostate cancer, and had planned to leave the car as a family heirloom to his daughter.

The Chevy was stolen onJanuary 17th from a storage unit at Lansing and Vine.

Sgt. Tim Tietjen ofthe CCAT team says that finding the car became a labor of love for officers inthe unit. "We tried to make an impact. We'd been working this case," he says.

Tietjen says the unitreceived a tip from an informant, and officers found the car at the home.

One person was arrestedat the home Wednesday night.

The car was in pristinecondition.

"This is a family heirloom,more than anything else. The car is worth more than $100,000," he says. "Thefamily was overjoyed."{}

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