Auto Theft Task Force searches for rare stolen Studebaker


For the last 15 years, a rare 1964 Studebaker Avanti sat in Andrew Hubchen’s yard in the 400 block of 95th Street South on the border of Tacoma and Parkland. The classic car belonged to his dad. Hubchen hoped to refurbish the car one day but on April 18 just before 6 a.m., thieves stole it. 

“I don’t know if I’ll get the car back. I want the car back,” said Hubchen.

Neighbors called police after they witnessed a white and blue Ford Bronco pull into Hubchen’s yard, hook the car up to a strap and drag it away where it was loaded on a trailer. 

“It’s not insured. I have no value insurance wise. I just want the car back,” said Hubchen.

Officers believe the Studebaker is somewhere in the Graham, Spanaway or Roy area. The Puget Sound Auto Theft Task Force is working the case and asking for the public’s help to find the Studebaker and identify the car thieves.

In September, the Avanti Club is having an International Meet in Tacoma. “I can show you Facebook posts of people who are already saying, ‘I wonder if I should bring my car to Tacoma if this is happening?’ The people who did this need to stop doing this. They need to be prosecuted and punished for doing this. They can’t get away with this,” said Hubchen.

If you have any information on the car’s whereabouts or the identity of the thieves, you can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County. Call 1 (800) 222-TIPS or use the P3 Tips App on your phone. This is one of the cases being featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted” airing Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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