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Palo Alto police find stolen car's owner - 31 years after theft
Mercury News ^ | 6/21/06 | Leslie Griffy

Posted on 06/21/2007 2:58:46 PM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic

Edited on 06/21/2007 3:23:51 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

A car stolen from Palo Alto 31 years ago is headed back to its rightful owner.

The 1956 Ford T-Bird - just like the car the blond cruises in during the movie "American Graffiti" - was located in Southern California this week.


(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: ford; paloalto; thunderbird

1 posted on 06/21/2007 2:58:53 PM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Sweet. (Except for the lady from SoCal that bought it of course)


2 posted on 06/21/2007 3:04:32 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
The 1956 Ford T-Bird - just like the car the blond cruises in during the movie "American Graffiti" - was located in Southern California this week.

The California Highway Patrol reports it is still in cherry condition.


Nice. Wonder how much those things are worth at auction.
3 posted on 06/21/2007 3:04:37 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

If the insurance company paid off the policy, it seems they would have first claim.


4 posted on 06/21/2007 3:05:29 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
My wife used to work in San Francisco. A gal she worked with had her purse stolen from the office. Construction workers found it 10 years later in a nearby building when they were doing remodeling. The robber had put the purse in a drop sealing by pushing up the tile and throwing it in. Luckily she still worked at the same office and her business card was in the wallet. The money of course was gone.
5 posted on 06/21/2007 3:07:02 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Michael.SF.
The insurance company should get back any money they paid plus reasonable interest.

They should not get the car (which will be worth much more).

6 posted on 06/21/2007 3:07:37 PM PDT by Dinsdale
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

>>>>It landed in the CHP’s hands after a Southern California woman bought it from a seller in Ohio.

She went to a CHP office to get help finding the vehicle identification number so that she could register the car in California<<<<

I’m happy for the owner but it sure sucks to be the poor woman who bought it.


7 posted on 06/21/2007 3:08:08 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Call 911 and wait!


8 posted on 06/21/2007 3:08:26 PM PDT by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: Uncle Hal

I think you meant to write “ceiling”.


9 posted on 06/21/2007 3:10:39 PM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
A couple years back I recovered a Harley Davidson Motorcycle that had been stolen back in 1971 (well, recovered most of it). Same situation as here, the complainant wanted it back, but he was not longer the owner, his insurance company was. That Insurance Company went out of business a long time ago, and not company responsible for its holdings could be located. After almost a year passed, a property hearing was held and the Judge awarded to a fellow that had paid money for it a year before I seized it.
10 posted on 06/21/2007 3:10:58 PM PDT by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Dinsdale
The owner should have first right of refusal under your guidelines (pay out price + interest), if he is not in a position to buy back the car under those terms, then the insurance company gets it and could sell at any price.
11 posted on 06/21/2007 3:12:17 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: GregoTX

Sounds like a fair decision by all involved......... I thought this thread was gonna reveal it was the car in the time capsule in Tulsa !


12 posted on 06/21/2007 3:15:44 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic
It landed in the CHP's hands after a Southern California woman bought it from a seller in Ohio.

Suzanne Somers shopping for a souvenir?
13 posted on 06/21/2007 3:16:05 PM PDT by newheart (The Truth? You can't handle the Truth. But He can handle you.)
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

some pics of a ‘56 Bird

http://www.legendarymotorcar.com/inventory/217col.htm


14 posted on 06/21/2007 3:17:09 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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15 posted on 06/21/2007 3:48:34 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border then, Introduce an Illegal Immigrant Deportation Bill)
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To: Michael.SF.

He probably only had liability insurance at the time. I know that collision and theft insurance often didn’t make sense back then since the company would only pay blue book value for a 15 year old car. To insure a show car for theft was much more expensive and I bet a 23-year old wouldn’t take out that kind of policy.


16 posted on 06/21/2007 6:52:06 PM PDT by free_for_now (No Dick Dale in the R&R HOF? - for shame!)
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