You think carnapping cases are only seen in action movies, wherein cars would be stolen and the thief leaves it behind somewhere hidden to be picked up later on. You’d be surprised to hear it actually happens in real life. In these scenarios, you’d be forgiven if you thought these cars would get stolen for money. However, many Americans steal cars so they can joyride in them for a few miles. Either way, losing a car, especially a rare or expensive one, can leave the owners heartbroken. Check out these resolved cases of carnapping – wherein the vehicles that went missing over the years were finally discovered hidden away in the most unusual places.
A report was sent to the Jackson County police department of Oregon about someone’s car being stolen on January 20, 1991. The car was parked at a cinema located in Medford. It was a luxurious vehicle, an iconic Porshe 924. Unfortunately, the vehicle couldn’t be found and it vanished for more than 27 years. That was until November of 2017 when someone called the police and described the car resembling the missing Porshe. It was located in the deep forest of a local national park. The police went to investigate and spotted the rotting car upside down. The police had confirmed it was the same car that was taken years ago.
The car’s registration had expired that same year it was carnapped. It was simply abandoned, but the overturned position was peculiar. The police found remains lying about but thankfully it was only a deer’s carcasss, not a human’s.
That’s not the only long-lost car case solved years later. Back in 1978, children discovered something strange in their yard as they played outside their house. An excavation team unearthed a Ferrari 1974 Dino 246-GTS sports car! They called the owner named Rosendo Cruz – a California-based plumber who intended to give the car as birthday present to his beloved wife, until it was reported stolen four years prior to its discovery. The car was estimated worth 70,000 dollars today. That’s a lot!
In 1998, Manhattan resident Allan Poster’s Chevrolet Corvette was stolen. Since he lacked the adequate insurance he was financially burdened for a long time. He couldn’t cover the car’s loss. The car was found thirty seven years later they found his car hidden all the way at Long beach, CA.
By the time Alan got his car back, he was back on track as a businessman. He happily received his Corvette as a little bonus for himself.
These cases aren’t mutually exclusive to the US. In 2017, a Peugot 104 was retrieved in a water pond in Chalons-en-Champagne – a town east of Paris, France. It was back in 1978 when the owner reported it missing. Although, the car was already owned by the insurer, the owner took the classy car for a joy ride for first and last time.
In Frankurht, Germany of last year, a man’s car was retrieved after 20 years. The vehicle was discovered hidden away at a building’s garage. It was lucky they did because the building was about to be demolished. Funnily enough, the 76 years old car owner simply forgot where he parked his car! Nevertheless, he was happy when the car was returned to him.
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