Raymore man fears he’ll never again see his pride and joy

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RAYMORE, Mo. -- A Raymore man is still hoping the love of his life, his classic 1967 Chevy truck, will be recovered after it was stolen from the Oak Park Mall parking lot on Saturday.

William Dreiling put $45,000 into the truck. It was his life savings.

"It means pretty much everything to me. I put almost everything I have in this truck," he said. "I built the truck and made it my own."

Dreiling works full-time as a sales clerk at the mall. He says he normally keeps the vintage pickup truck in his garage, but drove it to work Saturday morning. When he got off work at six p.m., it was gone.

"I just panicked. My truck was not in its spot."

The pickup has distinctive features like a chrome engine, solid oak boards in the bed,  hand-painted pinstripes, and Chevy lettering on the tailgate.  Dreiling says they completely stripped it down to the frame, piece by piece. Then they sandblasted it and power-coated it the bright orange paint.

"If anyone sees the vehicle or can identify the person involved, I just want the truck back in one piece," he said.

Overland Park Police are reviewing surveillance video from the mall. Call them if you see Dreiling's truck.

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