Never Give Up. Stolen Car Recovered After 42 Years.

Bob Russell is the epitome of the “never give up” attitude.

Man Reunited With Stolen Car After 42 Years

From http://www.newser.com/story/150156/man-spots-his-stolen-car-on-ebay-42-years-later.html

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In 1970 Bob’s 3 year old Austin-Healey was stolen from outside his Philadelphia apartment complex. 42 years later he and his beloved sports car have been reunited.

Bob, who now lives in Texas, would just never give up on that car. He would occasionally surf the Internet to look for the car and, believe it or not, finally spotted it on eBay! It had been posted by a dealer in California, and the vehicle identification numbers matched what Bob had on record. The dealer said he bought it from a man who claimed it had been in his family since 1970 (when it was originally stolen).

Bob proceeded to haggle with the dealer--who wanted to sell the car back to him for $24,000. Bob would have none of that and contacted Philadelphia and Los Angeles police, who managed to unearth the original stolen car report. The Law Enforcement agencies impounded the car and Mr. Russell traveled to Los Angeles to take back his beloved car. Bob says he now plans to restore his prized car, which was stolen the morning after he used it to take his future wife out on their second date.

“It still runs, but the brakes don't work well,” he says. “We're going to put it back the way it was.”

 

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    • Anonymous
    • December 5, 2013
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    How Long Would It Take For An Arrest Of A Recovered Stolen Car? I was down at the ocean for the week and during this time my car was stolen. Luckily they found it a few blocks down. I saw them dusting for fingerprints and such, but they didnt tell me if they found any or not. They said it was probably just some drunk teenagers and that i should just be glad that there wasnt any damage to the vehicle. How long would it take for them to run the prints in maryland and make an arrest?

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      Never if the prints are not in the local system. You’re probably watching too much CSI. They’re not going to spend the time and money to run the prints through a national data base. Even if they identify someone they probably won’t make an arrest because there is no proof that the prints they found belong to the person who took the car.

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    • L O
    • December 19, 2013
    Reply

    How Can I Register A Motorbike With No Frame Number? I’ve just bought a stolen/recovered motorbike. It’s a DR125 which has been used on the fields. I would like to get it back on the road. I have bought a new engine for the bike which has engine numbers, however the frame numbers have been removed. I got a full receipt with the bike when i purchased it. Is there anyway of re-registering the bike??

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      • Admin
      • December 19, 2013
      Reply

      Most are right on here, although i would have thought the vehicle inspector would know a little more lol.

      If you apply to DVLA with no frame numbers they issue a ‘q’ plate registration which is completely legal etc and you can mot it no probs.

      BUT

      If you go to DVLA and ask for a copy of V5 which costs you ?25 you will get the original frame number off the document. You can then have the frame restamped and vic checked by vosa. Just because a frame number has been removed doesnt mean it cant be re stamped.

      I know this from numerous times we have cut off headstocks and such for rake reworks and restamped the frame in another place as guided by vosa.

      The only problem is why the frame number is gone in the first place, either stolen or more likely an insurance write off and the assessor has removed the frame number before salvage rights have been given. Do a HPi check it will tell you. You may find its a cat b or cat A write off so you cant use back on the road anyway. Cat A must be crushed, Cat B can be used for parts only. Cat C and D are the only catergories allowed back on the road (cat c needs a vic test if car not if motorcycle)

      Good luck

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    • Amy
    • December 20, 2013
    Reply

    Car Battery Dead Every Time I Start The Car After It Got Stolen? My car was stolen and it was recovered a day after. When I found the car battery was dead so i jumped the car. And the next day when I tried to start the car it didnt start because the battery was dead again. Whats wrong with my car? What should I do?

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      • Admin
      • December 20, 2013
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      Charge the battery and do a load test. Should be around 12-12.6 V charged. Hook it up, let the car run for about 10 minutes, and test the battery while the car is on. If the alternator is working, it’ll be around 13-15V. Bad alternator means the battery doesn’t charge while it’s running.

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    • Beafriend
    • December 21, 2013
    Reply

    My Car Was Stolen And Now Recovered By The Police Badly Hit And Accidented? My car was stolen and now recovered by the Police badly hit and accidented. Police say I should involve my insurance company to get the vehicle recovered from the garage but I am afraid they would rise my insurance premium and slash my no claim bonus. The car is no more drivable.

    Anybody with good knowledge of insurance please advise me what to do as I have no idea,

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      • Admin
      • December 21, 2013
      Reply

      If its badly damaged it will probably be written off by the insurance.
      the same thing happened to me and the car was worth about ?8000 and they wrote it off and i lost 4 of my 7 years no claims so they left me with 3 my insurance premium almost doubled. its just the way it is. unless they caught the person who crashed the car in which case you can claim against them for it when they go to court and the court will decide if they should pay and how much.
      in my case i just claimed for my ?500 excess and the person had to pay ?100 a month until they had paid it off. which is inconvenient

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    • Ellen K
    • January 9, 2014
    Reply

    How Does Progressive Auto Insurance Handle My Claim Of Stolen Vehicle? I recently had my brand new car stolen and only had it for two weeks! So unfortunate! The cops recovered it and found out that the engine is blown and deemed un-repairable. So now what? I have full coverage. I’m so scared because I have an auto loan for it but didn’t get the loan/lease coverage. FML!
    haha it’s brand new to me whether it’s 2007 or not.

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      If you have comprehensive insurance company, the claim will be handled under that (Theft)
      Since you say you financed the car, It would be VERY, VERY rare for you to NOT have comp. coverage. The insurance company (Progressive) will decide whether to repair the car or to “total” the car. You have no say in the decision. They will let you know what their decision is soon……
      BUT…… Why aren’t you asking Progressive these questions??

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    • Mdgtmn007
    • January 18, 2014
    Reply

    Whats The Best Device Used To Find A Stolen Car? Obviously everybody knows about lowjack, but i heard a cop has to be within 2 miles of your car to find it. I also have recently learned about stealthsytems….not quite as knowledgeable on this though. Whats the best system for your $? If it makes any difference ive got a 1980 corvette and live in the DFW, Texas area.

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      Any system that uses a combination of GPS and satellite and/or cellular communication is capable of tracking your vehicle within feet of its location.

      As long as the system you choose meets those criteria, I would look for the most reputable and longstanding, as the product is only good for as long as the company is in business (which is why LoJack still has a following). Of them, given the capabilities are so similar, I would choose the most affordable.

      You can also hide a transmitter of your own in your vehicle and track it yourself. They’re readily available from local auto parts stores. This may be a cheaper way to go, but full-service companies will coordinate with law enforcement to recover your vehicle safely, including the reporting of it stolen and even perhaps dealing with your insurer when it comes to discounts and verifying your theft detection system.

      I hope this helps.

      Best of luck.

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    • Rölf
    • January 26, 2014
    Reply

    What Are The Disadvantages Of Buying A Used Car That Was Previously Stolen And After That Recovered? Usually used cars that were stolen and recovered by police or by the insurance companies are really cheaper than others that were not involved in that kind of situation, so… Are there any legal problems that you might have with that vehicle if you agree to buy it? or Why are they so cheap?

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      The same disadvantages of any used car. Check it over first, and make sure it has a good title. There are now a lot flooding (pun intended) the market from the New Orleans area that have been under water. Once submerged all kinds of problems can show up, beware of those.

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    • Leslie k
    • February 5, 2014
    Reply

    Anyone Ever Have A Stolen Car Recovered? I am married only 8 months. My husband had gotten a call a few weeks back they recovered his car… it was stolen 5 years ago! It seems to still be in good shape.

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      Yes. After a few days the car was found. Apparently, the thief, a 17 year old male, was trying to break into his grandmother’s house and she called the police. They found the stolen car parked near her house. He ran it pretty hard for the few days he had it. A motor mount had to be replaced (the car was less than one year old at the time) and there was some other damage which I can’t remember. His cassette tapes and someone else’s mail was also inside. He was sentenced to the county jail and after a year or so I got a notice that he was up for parole. They wanted to know if I had an objection to that. After that incident, I got “The Club” which I used for years. I kept the same car for so many years that eventually “The Club” was worth more than the car! My friends used to give me a hard time about still using it after the car had > 100,000 miles on it (LOL).

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    • JackSprckk
    • April 1, 2014
    Reply

    Did The Police Ever Recover Your Stolen Car? If so, where was it? Condition? my car was stole in lacey washington )=…i hope i get it back! Should i call the local police to see if there are any new updates. Its been two days.

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      I’ve unfortunately had two vehicles stolen, they are lost forever – guess I should have gotten that FU*KEN full coverage, but noooooo! I had to be a cheap bass…

      I do hope you get car back…

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    • Mallory
    • April 2, 2014
    Reply

    HELP!!! Stolen Car!!!? My on-off boyfriend of 4 years has stolen my car—needless to say i’m completely done with him relationship wise at this point- he stole it while he was over my house “taking care of me” while i was sick–which he was doing a very poor job of anyhow, he was in possession of the keys at my surrender so that he could go to the store as needed to purchase me medicine and supplies. he took off saturday night between 7pm and 11pm while i was asleep- i have called him numerous times his cell phone has been on but he is simply not answering my phone calls. he has previously done this in the past but only recently for a few hours and always returned with my car its probably been a year since he’s pulled this over 24 hour thing where he steals my car then brings it back with some crazy excuse while failing to return any of my phone calls in the process. i believe that he is an undiagnosed sociopath. there is no issue on whether or not i need to break up with him or not—i realize that there is no room for someone like him in my life who continues to hurt me so maliciously– i just need advice on what to do. the car is registered in my fathers name–i am 20 years old….i live in boston and my parents live in new hampshire- i know the license plate number but i dont know if i need my father’s permission to report it as stolen or not in which case my father is probably going to take the car away from me when and if i get it back (although i pay for it completely, its registered in his name for insurance benefits) but my father is a control freak and will deem me irresponsible for even letting him within arms reach of my car keys–which i was but i have been sick and desperate for someone to help take care of me as i have barely been able to leave my bed the last few days. anyhow do you know if i can report it stolen without his permission? should i report it stolen or should i just wait for him to bring it back? i’m starting to freak out a little, knowing that he has a lot of very shady ghetto friends who would probably sell him out in a second to steal my car from him and even just sell it for parts. the last time i called him was about an hour ago and his phone is completely off. the other thing i was considering was going to his house later today and seeing if my car was parked on his street–then calling the cops if it was there because i know he would not answer the door for me. also- does anyone know if i report it stolen and its recovered from him what are my legal rights? can i sue him? can i put a restraining order on him based on that? he’s in the military will he get in trouble in the military for being caught stealing a car? and is it still considered stealing when i willingly gave him possession of my car keys although he did not have my permission to take the car when he did and for as long as he did or is it based on whether or not my father—the actual owner of the car gave him permission to use it or not? please i hope someone can give me some advice on what to do. thanks

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      Report it stolen. He had limited access to the car and he was not given permission to take it away. Let your father know and he can join in the report. You had control of the car, even though registered to your father. Make the report first, then go to his house. If you see the car, call them again. That will let the old b’friend know it is over, and he can’t just do what he wants. Sooner, is better than later.

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    • Gutted1
    • June 2, 2014
    Reply

    Stolen Recovered Car Auction? Does anyone know where they sell all the stolen recovered or reposessed cars ??

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      Just a heads up on this….
      Stolen and recovered might be cheaper, but banks don’t finance them, and they are uninsurable….

      There seems to be mixed feeling towards insurability, and financibility. I drove a car like this about a year back, had to pay cash, and couldn’t get insurance. But then again, I don;t live in the US, good advice would be to contact the Banks, and insureres, and find out about these beforehand.

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    • The Havocer
    • June 4, 2014
    Reply

    Should I Buy A Car That Was Stolen And Recovered? I had a great offer for a 2011 Toyota Sienna LE ( 1 owner .mileage: 53K price: $17700 condition: used) carfax buyback guarantee . from a certified dealer.
    my only concern is that the carfax says it was stolen and recovered. it was driven about 30 K miles after recovery and it is in Excellent condition. should I buy it?
    State: Illinois

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      It depends on what was stolen. Have a report on what was damaged/stolen from the car and have a mechanic check it over. Some people steal cars just to take the engines out or maybe a joyride. Bottom line is to look at what was stolen. A friend of mine has a recovered 2014 Honda accord with 600 miles. The only think taken from the car was the engine. He got it for cheap and threw in a new engine. Drives perfectly.

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