WA man’s Subaru stolen hours after buying it


GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — One man bought a rare car from his friend in St. Louis and decided to drive it back home to Washington — stopping in Gresham. However, when he woke up Monday morning, his new car was gone.

Thirty-eight-year-old Eric Gearhart, who lives in Puyallup, flew out to Missouri to buy the 1999 Subaru Impreza from his friend who was getting rid of it.

As he was driving it home, he stopped to rest in Gresham. He woke up around 6:45 a.m. Monday and noticed his car was missing shortly after — finding glass all over the street.

“I was going to work by 7, so 6:30, I went out there, walked up the street, looked around,” Gearhart said. “It’s kind of new territory for me, so I was like ‘Hm, maybe it’s up the street,’ kind of walked back and forth, saw the glass and was like ‘Yeah, that was me.'”

Gearhart said he had just driven 2,200 miles in it and had already become attached.

“I put in a 16-hour day across the country and really started falling in love with the car,” he said.

According to Gearhart, the doors were locked and whoever stole the car broke out the window and “went from there.”

While it’s unclear who took his car, Gearhart — a car enthusiast — thinks it was someone who “knew what it was.”

Gearhart said he spent a couple hours driving around with a friend looking in different neighborhoods to see if it would show up, but so far, he’s had no luck.

“It’ll be great to see if it pops up or if the thief sees this than just is like ‘Hey, I’ll park it on the side of the road and walk away,’ no questions asked,” he said.

Gearhart, who had another car stolen from him 20 years ago, said this car was something special.

With just 800 miles on it when he bought it, the car had upgraded suspension and brakes. He had plans to rally, autocross and hill climb with it.

“It was going to have a good time, a good life,” Gearhart said. “A lot of people in the car industry put time, effort, money and a lot of love into these cars. It’s not just somebody else’s property, it’s actually part of their family.”

The car has a Missouri license plate HN3YOR.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the car is asked to call the Gresham Police Department.

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