Scat Rat

Weeks after it was stolen, Bob Heroux found the engine from his 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass race car. (Peter Mills/CBC)

A Saskatoon business owner turned detective has closed the case of his stolen car.

On the Canada Day long weekend, Bob Heroux had his 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass race car stolen from his autobody shop.

For weeks, Heroux's family and friends searched for the car known as the 'Scat Rat.' Heroux and police slowly found parts of the car, but it had been cut up and stripped of the new engine, which was worth about $20,000.

On Saturday, Heroux's persistence paid off when he found the engine in Saskatoon.

"It's amazing. It's unbelievable. I'm happy," Heroux said. "That's $20,000 less I have to spend and it's the actual motor that was in the car so it's another piece of the puzzle we got back."

While he considered quitting the search at times, Heroux said he was able to track down the engine after he received tips about someone trying to sell it. 

"I feel really, really glad today that this is actually, it's done," Heroux said. "I know I won't find those odds and ends that are out there, but the big items are back. The car is back. The frame is back. And now the motor is back. So I'm really relieved."

Heroux said he's is already starting to rebuild the Scat Rat.

Police have not yet released details on arrests or charges in this case.