Thieves collect Chelsea, Quebec car buff’s prized Camaro


by Mark Burgess on May 6, 2010

For more than 40 years, Gerard Schnob woke up with his beloved, red 1968 Chevrolet Camaro safely locked in his Chelsea, Quebec Farm Point garage. It was a huge shock when the set pattern was interrupted April 27.

That morning, a parent dropping his child at the daycare Schnob and his wife, Francine, operate from their home on rue St. Clement, remarked that Gerard was up and out early, judging from the open garage door and the vacant garage interior. Francine said no, her husband was in – but the car was out.

Schnob later talked to a neighbour who said he noticed the open garage door at 4 a.m., so the thieves likely struck during the middle of the night.

He reasoned that the thieves either climbed through a window or removed the door glass before reaching in to unlock the door. He said the culprits must have pushed the Camaro out the driveway and down St. Clement almost to the highway before starting it, so as not to wake anyone with the considerably throaty sound of its exhaust.

Schnob has had the car since he was 17, giving it considerable sentimental value in addition to the $50,000-$60,000 he thinks it’s worth. He has his suspicions as to who might be responsible for the theft, but didn’t want to give anything away before MRC des Collines police investigate.