Missing classic Corvette prompts plea for help

The case of a classic sports car reportedly stolen from an elderly owner has police seeking help from the public.

Police hoping to recover rare '62 Chevy Corvette reportedly stolen from elderly owner

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was stolen earlier this month from a lot in southeast Calgary. (Calgary Police Service )

Kenneth Jelley calls his classic Corvette his pride and joy. He even gave it a nickname — Betsey.

But about week ago, Jelley found his car had vanished. He reported it stolen and police are asking for the public's help to locate the rare vehicle.

The missing car was found after police asked for the public's help. A tip led them to the stolen vehicle. (Calgary Police Service)

The red 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was taken from the 9600 block of Bonaventure Drive S.E. sometime between 7 p.m. on July 12 and 5 p.m. the next day, police said.

The car was parked in an outdoor lot, covered in a tarp and padlocked. Investigators are examining the padlock, which they believe thieves cut off and left behind.

Jelley, 73, has owned the rare convertible for over 40 years. The car had just 54,000 miles on it. 

"We're in mourning ... for Betsey. She was a kind ol' girl. She gave us a lot of fun," said Jelley.  

But a Calgary Corvette specialist believes the car is probably long gone.

"It's most likely in an enclosed trailer or container off to be shipped somewhere," said Lawrence Block of Western Corvette. 

Many old Corvettes are stripped for their particular parts, which can be hard to find. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.