After investing 15 years and nearly $250,000 in restoring a prized 1968 Dodge Charger, a wheelchair-bound Wisconsin man lost his "dream car" in an instant to callous thieves, TwinCities.com reports.

Nick Suckow, of Dallas, Wis., last saw his fully-restored purple Charger on Oct. 23 when he left his home with his two in-home nurses to play in a poker tournament in Las Vegas, according to TwinCities.com. While he was away, Suckow, 41, learned from a friend that his car was stolen.

"At first I thought he was joking," Suckow told the Web site. "I hope they have a change of heart and can bring it back in one piece. I hope they realize that it's my dream car."

Suckow bought the car for $1,500 when he was a high school junior, though he later put it in storage when he enlisted in the Army, TwinCities.com reports. He was paralyzed from the neck down in a traffic accident in 1989 and cannot drive, but he still regularly set aside money each year to pay for fixing up the prize-winning Charger.

Det. Jeff Nelson of the Barron County Sheriff's Department told TwinCities.com that an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 715-537-3106.

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