BURBANK - A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by talk show host Phil McGraw was among several stolen classic cars recovered in a series of raids by the sheriff's Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention, authorities revealed today.

McGraw's car was found in an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on Sunday, said Lt. Greg Jones. Jones said he could not reveal the location because the investigation is ongoing.

McGraw's car had minor body damage but was otherwise in good condition, Jones said.

McGraw's car was taken from a garage in Burbank in August by a ring specializing in classic cars, Jones said. Several of members of the ring have been arrested, including one of the masterminds about a month ago.

Task force members have visited at least 30 locations since August, seeking leads on stolen cars, Jones said.

The ring is made up of people who know each other. Often the vehicles have had their identifying numbers altered to avoid being identified as stolen. In some cases, people paid as much as $50,000 for one of the cars before learning their vehicles were stolen, Jones said. Typically, the ring members would get rid of the original identifying numbers and then register them as their own before selling them.


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