Sunday, July 15, 2012

LA sheriff: Man recovers his prized sports car stolen 42 years ago in 1970 after spotting it on eBay

LOS ANGELES - A man whose prized sports car was stolen 42 years ago recovered the vehicle after spotting it on eBay, authorities said Sunday.

Robert Russell told the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that he had never given up searching for the 1967 Austin Healy after it was stolen from his Philadelphia home in 1970.

Russell recently spotted what he thought was his car on eBay and checked the vehicle identification number on the website with the one on the car's title certificate, finding they were a match, the department said in a news release.

Russell, who now lives in Texas, contacted the department in May, and Detective Carlos Ortega tracked down the car in East Los Angeles.

"Detective Ortega located the stolen Austin Healey at the dealership listed in the eBay ad and confirmed that the car was the same vehicle reported stolen by Mr. Russell," the department said.

After working with Philadelphia police to resolve vehicle identification issues, the department told Russell he could pick up his car.

He has since brought it back to Texas. His hometown wasn't immediately available.

Russell told deputies that he bought the vehicle for $3,000. It's now valued at $23,000.

He said "he continued his search for the vehicle, not for its monetary value, but because it had sentimental value to him and his wife," the department said.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

My sisters boyfriend 20 years ago found his stolen old chevy at the target parking lot on elston ave. the drivers MEXICANS claimed they bought it from another mexican and he got his car back.

I Voted For Obama said...

Robert Russell voted for Obama, then told him that he was wearing his tie, which was stolen from him in 1982.

Anonymous said...

Off Topic: Just watched the first 15 minutes of "Small Town Security",it is exactly like Windy City security,run by Russ Willingham,except his wife is better looking.
By the way, is he off IOD, haven't seen him driving his "security vehicle" around Mt. Greenwood lately, figured he must be back to the job that will pay his "benefits".

Anonymous said...

It may not be his car anymore. If he accepted the payment from the insurance company, it is theirs.

Anonymous said...

Found the car, good. Now find the cocksucker who stole it.

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Anonymous said...

What a load of crap. Cars built before 1970 don't have titles. The registration was the title. Gimme a break!

Anonymous said...

Man I bet BATTLE (KCAT) would have cracked that fucking case wide open!

I Voted For Obama said...

KCAT?