Detectives recovered three stolen classic cars from a Hesperia home and are searching for the owner of one vehicle.


Members of the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force believe the owner of the black 1956 Chrysler recovered from the home on the corner of Peach Avenue and Yucca Street may be from Spring Valley Lake.


Two other cars, including a 1956 Oldsmobile stolen out of Lucerne Valley two months ago, were also recovered.


"I really never thought I'd ever see it again," Victor Escamilla, the owner of the Oldsmobile said. "The police did a really good job on this one."


Escamilla said the Oldsmobile along with five other classic cars and a tractor were stolen from a property he owns in Lucerne Valley. Escamilla lives in Riverside.


"I'm a collector and I'm really happy to have at least this one back." he said. "But the others are still out there."


Detectives learned there may be some stolen classic vehicles at the Hesperia home and with help from Hesperia station deputies and SMASH Gang team members, served a search warrant at the home.


There they found Mike Kirby, 48, who claimed the Chrysler belonged to a friend of his who was in prison for stealing vehicles.


He was arrested for possession of stolen property and grand theft auto.


Anyone who may have information about the stolen Chrysler is asked to call SANCATT at (909) 388-4898 or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.