Patterson offers $1,000 to Cruise car-theft victim

After a Pennsylvania man’s classic car and trailer, valued at $100,000, was stolen from a hotel during the Woodward Dream Cruise, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson offered the man $1,000 toward repairs, and an apology.

Ron Rodriguez’s 1959 Cadillac was snatched from the parking lot of a Wixom Hotel (where it had been towed) Saturday morning. It was recovered in Detroit on Sunday.


Patterson offered the money to help pay for any damage to the car, which Rodriguez valued at $100,000. The money will come from Boost Oakland Business, a private fund used for economic development efforts in the county, officials said.

Rodriguez, a retired businessman from Scottdale, Pa., was thrilled with Patterson’s offer, said Ruth Bedard, who is hosting Rodriguez and his wife in her Livingston County home.

“He couldn’t believe it. He was just tickled pink,” Bedard said in the statement. “His wife said, ‘I love Michigan!'”

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