A Linn County man is back in possession of his 1985 silver Chevrolet Corvette after reporting it stolen twice in the same 24-hour period.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the owner called deputies shortly after midnight Sunday to report that the vehicle had been stolen from the 50500 block of Gates Bridge in east Linn County, heading toward Horeb Street.

Marion County deputies found the car crashed in a ditch later Sunday morning on Highway 22 and contacted the owner to come get it. He arrived and the deputies left the scene, but then the owner himself left to retrieve a forgotten item, said Sgt. Kevin Guilford of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. When he returned, the vehicle was gone again.

Guilford said Linn deputies received a tip Sunday afternoon that the Corvette had been seen in Lyons. They contacted resident Terry Trachsel, 45, who barricaded himself in his trailer at 45837 Oak Street and refused to come out, saying he would blow up the trailer if deputies tried to come in.

Trachsel eventually exited the trailer and was taken into custody without incident, Guilford said. He was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle and the Corvette was returned to its owner.

It was not known Sunday whether Trachsel also is considered a suspect in the original theft. The investigation is continuing.


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