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Scat Rat returns in pieces, engine, doors still at large

Police have made arrests, no names have been released
Reported by François Biber
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Finding the devastation hard to put into words, Bob Heroux said the family will rebuild.

The owner of ‘Scat Rat,’ a souped-up 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass, found the partial, butchered remains of his prized possession on Thursday following its disapearance last weekend.

“I have another car. It has the exact same colour and interior so we'll be able to rebuild and I have a lot of great friends offering their time,” he said outside Lazer Auto Body on 11th Street and Avenue P, the last place he saw Scat Rat.

“Everything was locked up tight and the trailer has sat in this spot for the last six years with the car in it at times and I’ve never had a problem.”

Pacing back and forth amongst a dozen chopped car parts, Heroux said with the help of RCMP, he located several parts of Scat Rat in a farm field near Purdue, Sask. on Thursday.

“They took a chop saw and I found the actual blades when I found the body,” Heroux said, adding he believes the target of the robbery was a $20,000 572 GM cartage he installed just a couple of weeks ago.

“This wasn’t their first rodeo. These guys knew what they were doing.”

Heroux admits it’s been a tough few days since he reported the car stolen on Saturday. He's still missing the pricey engine and the doors with the iconic rat decal.

“I get very emotional. I get very mad and upset and times. I watch my kids cry and watch them looking into space because this is something we've done as a family for years,” Heroux said, holding back tears. “It is crushing. I can't believe someone would actually do something like this to a beautiful piece of work like this.”

Heroux said police have made arrests in connection to the theft, but police have advised him to stay put and that the investigation is ongoing. Saskatoon Police have released little to no details about the car theft.

“I wake up in the middle of the night and I don’t sleep and I know this car is never going to make a pass again,” Heroux said. “It's somewhere in hiding right now because all my parts are special parts to fit this car, they all have numbers and they are marked and I feel confident I will find them.”

Heroux and his wife Jennifer said support from the community has been overwhelming.

“Yesterday a customer I don't know came in and said he had ‘68 Cutlass parts and that I can have them,” Heroux said.

Having spent 32 years racing on the Saskatchewan International Raceway, Heroux said it’s the end of era but also a new beginning.

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