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EL DORADO COUNTY -- A brazen car thief was caught on camera stealing a one of a kind classic car.

The car is said to be one of a kind, and the hope is someone will recognize it and help track it down.

Surveillance video shows a '69 Chevy Camaro SS speeding off the lot of Autotronics Automotive Repair just before 4:30 a.m. Saturday. The blaring alarms brought the owner, Rod Posner, within minutes.

When Posner arrived to find a bay door of his business open and sheriff’s deputies outside, he said he instantly knew the Camaro had been stolen.

Posner described the car as one of a kind, in like-new condition, and he said the value could be anywhere from $50,000 to over $100,000.

Though the thief made his way past the security measures, most of the crime was caught on camera.

The video shows what appears to be a white male wearing a wide-brimmed hat and gloves. From the time the person walked onto the property to the time he drove off was less than five minutes. After walking around the property for several minutes, video shows him break into the building’s office, walk into the garage, quickly locate the Camaro, and drive it off the property. The time from break-in, to exit was 1 minute, 22 seconds.

Posner and his manager Tony Pembroke said it makes them sick to watch the video and know someone had likely been watching and waiting. They tell FOX40 they didn’t advertise the presence of the car and kept it covered when they weren’t working on it.

The team of car buffs at Autotronics had spent over three months upgrading the Camaro. It was more than a specialty job for a client, but a labor of love, the crowning jewel of which was to have been a brand new 383 Stoker engine. They’re still committed to getting that job done.

“We would love to be able to get it back here so we could put it in it,” said Pembroke.

Since news of the theft has spread on social media, some people claimed to have spotted it north of the shop in Cameron Park.

The California license plate is 7NOE930. Anyone with information is asked to call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.