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A Real Life Who Done it…Someone stole Dr. Phil’s Car, OMG

by Terry Miller
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A Real Life Who Done it…Someone stole Dr. Phil’s Car, OMG

By Terry Miller
Not every stolen car gets this kind of treatment for a car theft, in fact very few. However, when Dr. Phil speaks, people listen.
Oprah Winfrey’s protege , Dr. Phil McGraw’s Chevy Bel Air has allegedly been ripped off and LASD and Burbank detectives are asking you for help.
We recently had our car stolen. There was no press release issued, just the usual report taken and Pasadena’s finest contacted other agencies such as the LASO . As far as I know we didn’t actually have detectives on the case. There was no press release issued to the media and it certainly didn’t make the news at 11.
Like Dr. Phil’s car, ours was a classic…albeit a little newer that the Bel Air. It was a Honda Accord… a classic of this age and apparently VERY easy to steal…in fact, The most stolen car in Los Angeles according to the officer who took out report.
Quick, let’s call Joe Friday ( it was, after all, Friday when this press release popped into our in box).
According to the release:
“Investigators with the El Monte-based Taskforce for Regional Autotheft prevention are working with Burbank officers in the investigation.
On August 26, 2012, Dr. Phil McGraw was driving his 1957 Chevy Bel Air when it broke down. The vehicle was towed to an automobile shop called “RODZ” located at 2800 N. San Fernando Rd., Burbank to be repaired.

Later that evening the shop was broken into, the car was stolen, and Burbank Police Department officers wrote the report of the burglary.
Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention (TRAP) investigators are working with the Burbank Police Department on this investigation.

A $1,000 reward is being offered by RODZ automobile shop for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this investigation and the safe return of the vehicle.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of Dr. Phil., and in fact when my wife and mother-in-law watch him, I have to leave the room, sometimes the house. ( I wonder what Phil would say about that)

Moreover, I wonder if Dr. Phil will ask his thief to be on the show to make amends! Actually I wonder too if Dr. Phil will offer a reward, perhaps a special school for classic car thieves. Here’s one show I would watch.

For the record, our classic, rare, 94 Honda Accord was found by an alert deputy from Temple Station who didn’t have the assistance of detectives. However it cost us nearly $300 to get it out of custody of the wrecking yard due to a weekend. A couple of months later, the car was broken into and then finally totaled by a cell phone wielding driver who wasn’t paying attention. She actually almost destroyed our other car too, another classic..a 2004 Honda Civic. Both cars were in front of our old house, full of stuff…we were moving that day! What a mess!
The moral of the story, classic or otherwise, the local PD’s and Sheriff’s dept do a terrific job of locating stolen cars, usually without a press release being issued. They found ours two days after some kids took it for a joyride.
Celebrities just seem to get a little too much limelight in Los Angeles.

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