There are too many stories like that sadly. There should be a special place in hell for people who would steal something so dear to another person. You put a ton of yourself into this car just to get it to that point.
Is the guy still doing body work? If so, be nice to know his name so the rest of us can avoid him in the furure.
70 Challenger RT 440-6 EFI, 73 Cuda 416-6 EFI
05 Hemi Durango, 01 Ram 4x4, 14 Ram 2500 4X4, 10 PCP Challenger 6 spd RT, 01 Viper GTS ACR, 52 B3B w/330 Desoto Hemi, 70 Hemi RR (under const)
9 x Challengers. AAR Cuda, 4 RR, 2 GTX, 4 Chargers, etc... (too many to list)