Classic Ford T-bird stolen in 1976 recovered Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 21, 2007 at 7:40 pm
The owner of a 1956 Ford Thunderbird that was stolen from Palo Alto 31 years ago was surprised but also delighted to hear today that his car had been located in Southern California, apparently none the worse for the wear.
Posted by MadOak, a resident of another community, on Jun 21, 2007 at 7:40 pm
That's so completely terrible for the Ventura couple that bought the car! The Chronicle said the car was worth more than $20K. Now those poor Venturites have nothing, and their only hope is suing the internet guy in Ohio? Sucks, sucks, sucks.
Posted by Danny, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jun 22, 2007 at 10:02 am
I've been lucky enough (knock on wood) to never have a car stolen, but I've heard many horror stories from others. One friend had her car stolen only to get a call from the police several hours later that the car had been found completely wrecked some 30 miles away.
I'm happy for Mr. Leung to have gotten his car back in good shape -- and what a car it is! At least this is one auto-theft horror story with a happy ending.
Posted by Confused, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jun 24, 2007 at 10:16 pm
I thought California has a statute of limitations for theft. I donít see how any criminal charges can be brought against anyone. I donít even see why the Ohio couple is loosing the car if they are good faith purchasers. Title has to be quieted sometime.
Posted by tbird56, a resident of another community, on Oct 2, 2007 at 9:10 am
Hear is a brief followup on the Tbird. The buyer's did receive there money back and the sellers were unaware of the car being stolen as it had been registered in two different states. The car was bought by the seller from a thunderbird dealer in Oregon, which at that point the car was a wreck. The seller restored it and the ironic thing is had it registered in the state they lived in, with a California title some ten years ago. Ebay was not helpful at all in the matter at least from the seller's side. All I read was poor buyers but looks like poor seller's have had to go thru much more. Good news is the seller's were reimbursed by insurance. But not without a fight. figures