Classic 'Vette, Family Mementos Stolen From Veteran's Storage Unit
TULSA, Oklahoma - Someone stole a classic Corvette from a Vietnam veteran who’s owned it for 54 years.
He brought the car to Oklahoma to pass down to his daughter. She put it in storage while building a garage for the car, but says someone cut the lock and took it.
The 1962 Corvette was Floyd Seylor’s first car. Seylor’s parents died when he way young and an uncle helped him get the car, but Seylor got drafted into the war right out of high school.
He went into the Army, 101st Airborne. When he returned home, the car was waiting and the two have been together since.
“It means a lot to him,” said Seylor’s daughter, Alicia Nevaquaya. “The car’s been with him longer than I have. The car is very special to him and to our family.”
The Corvette is all original, numbers matching, and has been mostly garage kept. Seylor trailered it to Oklahoma a few months ago and, on Saturday, discovered it was gone along with family mementos, including the Silver Star earned by his father in World War II.
Nevaquaya says, “my father and grandfather were war heroes and nobody deserves to be treated this way, especially them.”
In mid-March, police say Brian Joice was arrested in Muskogee with a stolen car and trailer and had the rental agreement from Seylor’s storage unit.
Police say Joice told them he and a buddy had stolen a Corvette out of that unit and dropped it off at a house somewhere in Sand Springs. At that point, Seylor’s Corvette had not been reported stolen, so the case stalled.
Police say they would like to talk to Clinton Robinson as a person of interest in the Corvette theft.
“We’re all optimistic and hopeful and know we’ll have the car returned to us, whether it’s in one piece or 100 pieces, we’re gonna get it back,” said Nevaquaya.
The family is offering a $10,000 reward for the car’s return. If you see it, call police.