Have you seen this vintage truck tooling around?

This 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside truck was stolen outside North St. Paul Welding Hitch and Supply, Inc. on April 6. (submitted photo)

Distraught owner offers reward for his missing pickup

Stillwater resident Tim Wallace received some disappointing news on April 6, when he learned that his newly restored 1965 Chevrolet Fleetside truck had been stolen from outside North St. Paul Welding Hitch and Supply, Inc., located at 2034 South Ave.

Why a thief would target his beloved vehicle is a bit of a mystery, Wallace says, since the 48-year-old, eye-popping truck will stand out if the thief tries to take it for a cruise.

Wallace, who owns the building occupied by the welding company, says his vehicle was stolen sometime between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on a chilly night. Broken glass was scattered on the ground where the truck had been parked, indicating that the thief or thieves had broken one of the windows to gain access.

Wallace, a classic car collector, bought the truck from a friend three years ago. “I hadn’t had a pickup before,” he explains.

Wallace also owns a 1956 Pontiac station wagon and a 1963 Ford Thunderbird, and regularly participates in the popular Friday night North St. Paul History Cruze car shows.

He finished restoring the pickup in 2012. “You always want to do something else to it,” Wallace says, “but it was basically done last year.”

He explains that the vehicle’s bright, electric-blue exterior was probably not the original color, but he believes the truck was blue before its exterior was repainted because the interior is blue.

Some people are surprised that such a distinctive vehicle is still missing after more than a month. But Wallace explains, “I was told I’m just going to have to be patient. These things take time.”

In addition to North St. Paul Police Department squads keeping a lookout for the classic vehicle, Wallace admits he has been doing some searching on his own.

“I’ll just drive around looking,” Wallace says. “I had a buddy whose car was stolen and found 10 days later just about four blocks away in a residential neighborhood. Nobody bothered to call about it. That really inspired me to drive around on my own.

“I’ve been looking at places like apartment building parking lots where people might not know who owns (the truck).”

In order to encourage people to keep their eyes open for his truck, Wallace is offering a reward to whoever reports the tip that leads to the truck’s recovery and return.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle’s whereabouts should call North St. Paul Police tipline at 651-747-2677.

Johanna Holub can be reached at jholub@lillienews.com or 651-748-7814.

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