A Kentucky family, who visited Sevier County for the annual Fall Rod Run, is breathing a sigh of relief now. The Lewis family brought their 1968 topless sport Camaro to the event in Pigeon Forge last week, two days into the event, it was stolen from the parking lot of Golfview Resort.
“Somebody had hot-wired the car and just took off with it,” Roger Lewis, the owner of the car, told WKYT’s Nick Oliver Wednesday evening.
The thief would hang onto the car for three days while the Lewis family searched nearby business surveillance footage and turned to the power of social media for help. A post about the stolen car on Facebook had more than 36,000 shares. The Lewis family even offered a $10,000 reward for information that led to the return of their prized possession. Pigeon Forge Police along with the county’s sheriff department, would soon help. Following a tip, they found the vehicle on a secluded logging road abandoned by the thief.
The Camaro was damaged on the inside dash along with on the fender. The cost of damages totaled about $10,000. Pigeon Forge Police have not released any arrests but told the family they do have some people of interest.