By Matt Barbour, Weekend Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
Surveillance photo of the truck used to steal the pickup.
DALTON, GA (WRCB) -
UPDATE: A family treasure has been returned to a Whitfield county man, but many questions remain. We introduced you to Glenn Swinney on Tuesday, after his 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck was stolen from his driveway.
On Thursday, Swinney's truck was returned after the driver of the tow-truck, seen in surveillance camera pictures pulling away with the truck, called police. He told officers he had been hired by a man in Chattanooga who claimed to have purchased the truck.
When police tracked that man down, he told them he had already sold it to someone in Murray County.
Detectives eventually found the antique pick-up abandoned on the side of a road.
So far, no charges have been filed. The investigation continues.
A Whitfield County man is determined to get back a piece of irreplaceable family history. The Dalton Police Department is asking for your help in tracking down a 1955 Chevy pick up truck.
Glenn Swinney is an investigator with the Whitfield County District Attorney's Office. He says on Sunday morning someone stole his '55 Chevy, but he says the thief took a whole lot more than a truck.
"This truck has been in my family for over 50 years," says Swinney.
Swinney holds on to pictures of his antique 1955 Chevrolet C3100 pick up truck. The pictures and a diecast model are the only links he has to the old truck.
"It has a lot of sentimental value to me," he says.
Around 10:30 Sunday morning, someone backed up to a garage at what was once his parent's home off Grace Street, loaded it onto a rollback tow truck, and drove off. Little did the thief know, a camera mounted on a neighbor's home caught the whole thing.
"If it wasn't for that, we would be in very bad shape as far as having a clue," says Swinney.
The video shows someone in white T-shirt, moving quickly, loading the truck on the bed and taking off. Even though the truck had been parked since the 1980s, Swinney was planning to restore the collector's item when he retired.
"It's actually a '55 and a half. Because in mid-year, they changed the body style completely and that's what this one is, a '55 and a half," he says.
For him, the truck represents a lifetime of memories.
"My dad drove it for a long time, and I learned to drive in the truck."
It also helped spawn a romance.
"When my wife, when I was finally able to get a date with what turned out to be my wife, I was going to go pick her up and my car tore up. So, I had to borrow dad's truck. That's what we had our first date in 44 years ago," says Swinney.
Swinney hopes someone will recognize the rollback truck.
"It's not your standard rollback. It's got a long bed on it. It's probably a 24 foot bed on it," he says.
Swinney says he is trying to stay positive that he will get his truck back in one piece.
"It feels like a death in the family," he says.
It is hard to tell, but there is also someone else in the video. Glenn says he is offering a $500 reward for the return of his truck. If you have any information that can help solve the case, contact the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085.