By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A man’s Mustang stolen right out of a college parking lot is the latest in a series of classic car thefts.

“It’s way more than just a car as far as I’m concerned,” said Patrick Johnson, whose Mustang was stolen.

Johnson’s classic car is gone, and he feels like he’s lost more than his transportation. He even named the beauty. It’s a boy named “Pete.”

“I’ve had friends and family all afternoon that say, ‘We’re praying for it, we hope you can find the car.’ I’m crying, you know,” said Johnson.

The aqua 1966 Mustang coupe, stolen from the Cosumnes River College parking lot, had been in Johnson’s family 30 years. Back then it was dark blue.

It is now the fifth classic Mustang stolen from this area within weeks.

Granite Bay, Roseville, downtown Sacramento and Davis Mustang owners have also been ripped off. Several of them have been from school parking lots.

For Johnson, the loss is still sinking in.

“It’s kind of gut wrenching. You walk out and it’s just not there,” said Johnson.

It’s a case of classic car theft that’s suddenly becoming commonplace.

“I’m just hoping I get lucky, someone sees it, or the police figure out what’s going on and we get it, before it gets cut up or shipped off somewhere,” said Johnson.

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