LAKE PLACID - Police are looking for the person who stole state Olympic Regional Development Authority President and CEO Ted Blazer's classic car and took it for a short joyride Friday afternoon.
Blazer told the Enterprise he parked the car, a green 1972 two-door MG convertible, in front of the Olympic Center box office when he came to work in the morning.
"I came out around 3:30 or so to do an errand, and my car was gone," he said.
Ted Blazer, ORDA president and CEO: 'When (the thief) saw that a lot of the things didn’t work in it, he probably ditched it.'
(Enterprise file photo)
Blazer said he scratched his head for a few minutes and then asked some of his co-workers, "Hey, where'd you put my car?" before realizing it must have been stolen. He then contacted the Lake Placid Police Department.
Village Police Chief Bill Moore said the department posted a notice on its Facebook page with a description of the stolen car. Local attorney Brian Barrett also posted it on his Facebook page, and one of his Facebook friends supplied police with a tip that led to the department locating the car, Moore said.
"Social media works," the chief said.
The MG was found parked on the side of Interlaken Avenue around 6 p.m. There was no apparent damage to it, Moore said. Blazer had left the keys in the car and its top down, so the alleged thief didn't have to do much to steal it.
"The key is kind of hard to get in and out of the ignition," Blazer said. "There's always things breaking down on it. The gas gauge doesn't work, the temperature gauge doesn't work, the clutch is tough. It's an old car, and you have to know what you're doing to drive it. When (the thief) saw that a lot of the things didn't work in it, he probably ditched it."
Moore said police are currently processing the vehicle and dusting it for fingerprints. He said they are following a couple of leads but don't have a suspect yet.
"Any help the public can give us with who may have been seen driving it would be greatly appreciated," the chief said. "Obviously it had to take a path down Main Street, so people might have seen something."
Blazer said he has no idea who could have stolen the car.
"It had to be just this random thing that happened," he said. "I don't know what's wrong with people to do that kind of thing. It's just obnoxious. But I'm just thankful that nobody was hurt.
"The police department took charge, and they're a real professional unit," Blazer said. "I'm grateful to them."
Moore said anyone with information that could assist them in solving the case can contact the department through its Facebook page or call the police station at 518-523-3306.
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