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Four Hurst/Olds stolen during National Meet

Organizers believe thefts were a calculated “hit,” not a random crime.

Between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, four Hurst/Olds were stolen from two adjacent hotel parking lots during the Hurst/Olds Club of America 25th National Meet in Indianapolis, Ind. There were over 125 H/O’s in attendance for the Hurst/Olds Club of America 25th National Meet.

Organizers believe this was a calculated “hit,” not a random crime.

“The thieves knew about the show and the kinds of cars it attracted, they knew which cars they wanted, they knew what they were doing and they got us,” said Judy Badgley, an active member with several Oldsmobile clubs.

According to Badgley, it took them less than one minute to gain entry to a car, have it running and leave the parking lot. The thieves used a white crew cab truck and drove into the lot and parked like they were a guest. One person exited the truck and stole the car, then both left. They went back and forth from one hotel to the other, not raising suspicion. This was evident from reviewing the hotels' security tapes.

One possible thief was spotted among the cars placing calls after photographing each cars, as if shopping.

Following is a list of the cars with unique features about each.

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1979 Hurst/Olds with moonroof

1. 1979 Hurst/Olds black and gold VIN #3K47R9M541546
Rare factory moonroof
Rare black vinyl interior – drivers seat has a small hole from a broken spring
Chrome cover over the A/C pulley mounted with brass screws
Crack in the RH corner of the black dash pad
Switches mounted on the hood, trunk & doors from an old security system
Lock to actuate the old system is still located under the left parking light.
Also in this car that may be sold separately: 4) posters of Linda Vaughn and a 1983 copy of Hot Rod magazine with Warren Johnson on the cover w/autograph

1983 Hurst/Oldswith T-top

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2. 1983 Hurst/Olds black VIN#1G3AK4799DM411549
All original 80K mile car
Complete numbers matching car
Maroon cloth interior
Small crack (¼”) in the dash by the VIN
Eagle GT II tires with 500 miles
Black and white authentic 1979 Michigan plate with a 1983 sticker

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1983 Hurst/Olds, H/O emblem

3. 1983 Hurst/Olds black VIN#1G3AK479XDM41681
Maroon cloth interior
Eagle GT NASCAR tires
Aftermarket stripes are more orange than the correct red
Jack storage decal in trunk has Doc Watson’s signature
H/O emblem on the dash has Linda Vaughn’s signature with hearts
Dash has minor crackling in the center area

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1984 Hurst/Olds with moonroof

4. 1984 Hurst/Olds silver VIN#1G3AK4797EM446396
Rare factory moonroof
Red light mounted in each wheel well for display purposes
Snaps around the underside of the hood used for attaching a cover.

Indianapolis News, channel 8 WISH TV did an interview with several H/OCA members, including one of the victims. To view this clip click on : Anyone having information about any of these cars can contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or Judy Badgley at 517-645-7438 or

Badgley is asking that this information be shared with car friends no matter what make and model they collect. "Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to someone else," she said. "KEEP TRACK ON EBAY AND CRAIGS LIST FOR THESE UNUSUAL CARS AND/OR PARTS! Check all updates at"

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