Dream Cruiser's classic 1965 Corvette Stingray stolen from outside Birmingham restaurant

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (WXYZ) - As thousands celebrated the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise there was one couple that weren’t.

What started as a great day for the Ondrisek’s from Rochester Hills ended in heartbreak.

Gordon Ondrisek has owned a 1965 Corvette Stingray for the last 15 years. It was his hobby car and while it consumed much of his time, it was a labor of love.

“We bought the car about 15 years ago,” Gordon tells 7 Action News. “We’ve come here every year to the Dream Cruise.”

Gordon and his wife Arlene spent the day hanging out with friends along the route. As the night came to a close they wanted to grab a bite to eat.

They decided they’d drive down further into downtown Birmingham and meet with some friends. They chose Pita Café.

He parked his classic beauty at the corner of Willits and N. Old Woodward, just feet from the door of the restaurant.

“Never had a problem,” Gordon says, “always come to Birmingham.”

After having dinner and saying their goodbyes, Gordon and Arlene walked out to find that the car was gone. It wasn’t parked in the spot where he had left it.

Gordon called it the “perfect car.”

“I just worked on it on Wednesday,” he said. “I went to a friend’s house and put brakes on it, for somebody.”

He thinks given the popularity of the car, he won’t see it again. But he’s hoping you can help him find it.

“I think somebody targeted the mid-year Corvette, which is a very popular car, and my feeling is it’s probably being disassembled somewhere and sold off in pieces.”

Gordon and his wife Arlene immediately went to police to file a report. He describes the car as Nassau Blue inside and out, white convertible top with white wall tires. The first three characters of his Michigan issued plate for the car are B-C-H.

If you have any information or you may have seen the car Gordon is asking that you contact police immediately.

Remember, you can remain anonymous by calling the CrimeStoppers Tips hotline at 1 (800) SPEAK UP, too.

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