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Drag racing car stolen from Collinsville restaurant parking lot found in St. Louis

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) - A rare drag car that was stolen from a Collinsville restaurant parking lot after a major drag race event was found in St. Louis recently.

Jason Tabscott had been working on his 1975 Camaro for 15 years. He told News 4 he was enjoying a meal at the Ruby Tuesday's in Collinsville in September when the theft occurred.

"We were in there about an hour or so, when we came out we discovered my 2014 GMC truck, trailer and 75 Camaro had been stolen," Tabscott said.

Police said thieves broke the window of Tabscott's wife's car, which was parked right next to his in the lot. They stole her purse with the spare set of keys to the truck inside. Tabscott and police both said they believe the thieves may have followed them.

"It's not a rash of any kind of these events, my guess would be they were followed from gateway motor park," said Major Brett Boerm with Collinsville Police.

Tabscott had been working for more than a decade to make his dream of racing during drag week a reality. He thought this year's race at Gateway Motor Speedway would be his year. He said this was the ultimate low after the ultimate high.

"We finished in second place and we were only in second place by 15 thousands of a second, we almost took the class win," Tabscott said.

All together Tabscott said the loss comes out to more than $125,000. He said he just wants his car back, no questions asked.

"Honestly whoever took the car and trailer and truck, I just hope they drop it somewhere and leave it and we move on. I just want my stuff back," Tabscott said.

The car was found in St. Louis recently, but someone changed the truck's color. The truck also has bullet holes and other damage.

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