‘Mindless’ vandals have destroyed a man’s dream customised car - dashing his hopes of running his own business and devastating his children.
Dad-of-five Craig Micheli toiled for 18 months to transform a second-hand hearse into a dead ringer for the Ecto-1 car made famous in the film Ghostbusters.
But the vehicle might now be heading for the scrap heap after it was stolen by joy riders and damaged beyond repair.
The Ectomobile was swiped from the family home in Masters Crescent, Parson Cross in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Joy riders wrecked the interior, stole lights from the roof, smashed the windscreen and used the car as a ‘battering ram’ to enter Longley Park before returning it to the property.
Ghostbusters fan Craig, aged 35, has been forced to cancel a number of charity events he was due to attend with the car.
He said: “My younger kids are devastated, they were crying because they can’t understand why someone would do this. It’s just mindless.
“They’ve even offered their pocket money to help me repair it but I can’t afford to do anything with it now.
“It’s sad. It’s been a real scrimp and save and I’ve done all that work to get it back on the road.”
The resprayed vehicle was fitted with PA systems, a roof rack and custom labels to complete the Ghostbusters look.
It has proton packs and traps just like the ones used by Dan Akyroyd and Bill Murray in the supernatural comedy.
South Yorkshire Police are investigating.
The screwdriver used to take the car and an umbrella have been recovered from the vehicle.
Even if the culprits are caught, Craig said he would still be left with nothing.
He said he would be unable to source the parts needed to get it back on the road in the style of the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor which starred in the original film.
He said: “It’s blown my dream of using it as a business out of the water.
“Money wasn’t the be all and end all, it was just about putting a smile on people’s faces and giving a giggle.”
Call South Yorkshire Police with information on 101.