The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man's vintage car was stolen in broad daylight.

It was a black 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air.

To add insult to injury, thieves took off with it on Father's Day.

"Man, talk about a Father's Day gift, this has got to be the worst ever. Not getting one would be better than getting that," Mitch McClendon told Channel 3.

He says he has spent hundreds of hours restoring this classic over the years.

"It's pretty devastating actually," said McClendon.

Mitch McClendon and his wife were in Catoosa County for a car show. They stopped by the I-75 Flea Market afterwards and when he came out to the parking lot, his Chevrolet Bel Air was gone.

"It's kind of like losing your favorite pet or one of your children you know? I made this," recalled McClendon.

He says he filed a police report with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department.

"It's the end of the world. It's not just something you can come up with on your own, anytime," McClendon told Channel 3.

He and his wife are now looking for help on social media. Their Facebook post has gained thousands of shares in just three days. McClendon says he is thankful for the community's help and the tips people have sent him.

"Several thousand times that it had been shared. In nowadays world, it's hard to find people that will do something like that for you."

McClendon says the most frustrating part is that he locked his car and thieves still got away with it.

"I was two years into that car, building that car. I kind of doubt I'll see it again really," said McClendon.

He tells Channel 3 his father had a vintage car just like his while growing up and he wants to bring his car home.

If you know anything about where the vintage car might be, you're asked to call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office at (706) 935-2424.

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