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Theft Of School Auto Project Leaves Students, Teacher Needing Help

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(FOX 11) Imagine someone stealing a school project! Some creep did it! In 2008, Ken Cook's auto-shop class at Norwalk High School decided to build a race car. It was so successful that it became the ongoing project for classes to come.

On Monday, in the middle of the night, the car was stolen from in front of Cook's home. A Nova. A souped-up race car. A Chevy with a 650 horsepower engine. It's black, has a couple of purple stripes and gold lettering.

Six years ago it started as a lets-build-a-race-car project. A bit of a lark. But, then-student Joseph Legaspi says, "it became was a lot bigger than what we ever dreamed of."

Each year students worked on different parts of the car. And, they worked their hearts out.

Legaspi says, "We'd stay after school. Our summer breaks. We had no spring vacations. We just worked on the car." Another, Michael Karraker, says "It was a special car. It was like auto-shops pride and joy. Most of the school was focused on football or baseball. We were focused on that Nova."

The students said working on the car kept them out of gangs and out of trouble. But, now, Sheriffs Detectives want to find whoever stole the kids car. They're in trouble. This is a case of grand theft auto.

If you have any information call the Pico Rivera Sheriffs Station.

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