August 27, 2014

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Equipment theft the pits for Oberlin stock car racing family

OBERLIN — Roger and Cindy McVetta didn’t get into supermodified racing for the money. They’ve been steadily losing money for years that they’ve invested in the sport, Roger McVetta said.

So when their garage full of tools and racing equipment was broken into Saturday, and the items were stolen, their first thought wasn’t all the money — approximately $20,000 to $30,000 of equipment — they had lost.

“We don’t want our money. We want our stuff back,” Cindy McVetta said.

Cindy McVetta said she and her husband were out of town when the break-in occurred. She believes it was either Saturday night or Sunday morning. They received a call from a friend Sunday who said he had seen their motor home on the side of Interstate 71 in Cleveland, and the couple’s son confirmed the motor home, which had been dumped on the side of the road, belonged to them.

The motor home was returned to the McVettas after the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office dusted for prints and took a pack of cigarettes left inside as evidence. But the items that they had stored in the motor home’s trailer are still missing.

“We think it’s somebody who knows us casually and knows we race, because they stole the racing stuff,” Cindy McVetta said.

The couple’s home was not broken into, and other items in the garage were not touched. A 305 truck motor, worth $6,000, nine race tires, worth $300 to $400 apiece, a nitrogen tank and various tools were.

The McVettas, who live in the 49000 block of state Route 303, are surrounded by farms, and the nearest home is some distance away. Still, Cindy McVetta said, the burglar was “pretty ballsy.”

A report on the incident from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office was not available Wednesday because it had not been completed. The incident remains under investigation.

The McVettas asked that anyone with information, or those who may have seen their mobile home on Saturday and Sunday, contact Roger McVetta at (440) 864-5999 or the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.