Dr. Phil's stolen car recovered

Dec 5, 2012 at 7:07 p.m. ET

Dr. Phil's classic — and expensive! — car was recovered after it was stolen earlier this year.

Dr. Phil's stolen car recovered

Dr. Phil McGraw is really happy right now: His stolen 1957 Chevrolet was recovered earlier this week and returned to him, the LAPD confirmed.

The Texas-born talk show host reported the $80,000 custom black Bel Air stolen in August after he dropped it off at a Burbank body shop. Thieves reportedly pried open the garage doors and rode away.

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Another silver lining: The investigation surrounding the theft led to the recovery of 13 other stolen custom cars. The vehicle identification number was changed, and it has minor damage, but otherwise the Chevy is fine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

McGraw, naturally, is thrilled.

"I can't say enough about the LA County Sheriff's Department and of the LAPD Trap West — particularly, Detective George Molina. Their tireless efforts and hard work resulted in the intact recovery of my car and the arrest of some prolific car thieves," he told TMZ.

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"Many thought that my ’57 Chevy was just a memory, but I had faith in LA's finest," he continued. "This is just one more in a really long line of reasons that I am, and always have been, a passionate and outspoken supporter of our men and women in law enforcement. We don't thank them enough. I'll hug a cop every chance I get this month!"

He's really lucky — and the thieves better hope the scary talk show host never gets them on his show.

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