GRANITE BAY, CA - Someone stole a beloved Mustang from the parking lot of Woodcreek High School in broad daylight Tuesday.
The Mustang belonged to high school senior Tanner Frkovich, but it also belonged to his mother and before that, his grandfather.
It was a red 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback GT. It was restored with lots of love, passed down generation to generation.
"My mom had it ever since she graduated from college; that was in '84," Frkovich said. "We recently restored it in January. So, I've been driving it ever since."
Frkovich drove the Mustang to school Tuesday, like he does every day. But, when he returned after class ...
"The car wasn't there," Frkovich said. "I was wondering what was up. When I looked and saw the glass, that's when I knew."
His grandfather Larry Corr said several months ago, another Mustang was stolen from the Granite Bay area. It was found completely stripped. Another Mustang in the Davis area was also stolen.
Frkovich's Mustang is the third one stolen in as many months.
"Some are stripped and sold for parts. That would be a shame for that car," Frikovich said.
Mustangs run in the family: Tanner's grandpa has one, his mother and her two sisters each got one after graduating from college.
Then, Frkovich inherited the one from his mom. Losing it in a theft is particularly painful.
"I know how much it means to my mom since she had it for so long and to my grandpa too since he worked on it," Frkovich said.
Frkovich and his family hope the news coverage and social media will help them find the car sooner, rather than later.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org