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November 15, 2013

High-performance engine taken from Rinke dealership

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

CENTER LINE — Police in Center Line are hoping to speak to anyone with information about the theft of a high-performance engine from the Ed Rinke Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership on Van Dyke last month.

According to officer Dan Petroff of the Center Line Public Safety Department, the General Motors Co. LSX454 620-horsepower engine was taken between 11 p.m. Oct. 27 and 9 a.m. Oct. 28 from the service area of the dealership on the east side of Van Dyke south of 11 Mile Road. The area is currently under construction, with glass removed and replaced with plywood during an ongoing renovation and expansion.

“The suspect gained access by cutting a hole in the plywood, reaching in and pulling the engine out,” Petroff said.

The rare engine — GM only makes about 500 annually — was valued at $10,000 for just the block and head. Had the engine included an intake manifold, the value would be more than $19,000.

“The suspect or suspects, we’re assuming they’re gearheads and know what they were doing, knew what kind of engine it was,” Petroff said.

The engine bears the serial number “0811702.”

Center Line Public Safety Lt. Tom Costello said the dealership offered rewards for the return of the engine, and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft.

An ad on Craigslist posted Nov. 8 offered $1,000 for the return of the engine to the dealership “in an undamaged and usable condition.” A $5,000 reward was offered for the engine’s return, and information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief of thieves.

Anyone with information about the case can reach the Center Line Public Safety Department at (586) 757-2200.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.