COSTA MESA, Calif. – Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong won't have to walk that Boulevard of Broken Dreams anymore. His beloved vintage car has been found.
Thieves made off last weekend with Armstrong's pearl white-finish 1962 Chevy II Nova in Costa Mesa, south of Los Angeles. Acting on tips, authorities found it abandoned Tuesday night in El Modena, an unincorporated Orange County area about 10 miles away, police said.
No arrests have been made.
Armstrong was overjoyed at the recovery of the car, which he'd owned for nearly three decades.
“Joy ride? Maybe.. who knows. We live in desperate times,” Armstrong wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday. “Thank God it’s all in one piece. No damage. Thank you, thank you to everyone that searched for my Chevy.”
The car was taken in front of a business between Friday evening and Saturday morning, authorities said.
On Sunday, Armstrong released a YouTube video thanking everyone for sharing his tweet asking for help in finding the car. He also had a message for the thieves.
“To the people that stole it, the one thing is, like, I don’t want anyone to go to jail. That sucks, you know,” Armstrong said. “Just drop it off. Or, you know, and if you do get caught, I’ll bail you out. I just want my car back.”
However, two electric guitars and an amplifier that were in the car are still missing. They are a burnt-orange Aria Pro II V, a champagne-color Roland GR-707 guitar/synth controller and a Fender Super Bassman amp head, the Orange County Register reported.