VW van stolen 35 years ago in Wash. state recovered

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  1. syscom3

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    SPOKANE, Wash. – A Volkswagen van stolen 35 years ago in Washington state has been found in a shipping container at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

    Van stolen 35 years ago in Wash. state recovered - Yahoo! News

    Customs agents found the 1965 van on Oct. 19 when they opened a shipping container bound for The Netherlands, The Spokesman-Review newspaper reported. They ran the vehicle identification number and discovered it was listed as stolen.

    Law officers said the van, which is in great shape, was stolen from an upholstery shop in Spokane on July 12, 1974 — while Spokane was hosting the 1974 World's Fair.

    Authorities have not been able to find the original owner, whom they would not identify.

    The operators of a vehicle restoration business in Arizona were the latest to have possession of the van, which they refurbished and planned to sell overseas, said Michael Maleta, an investigator with the California Highway Patrol. Maleta said the shop is also considered a victim in the case, and he declined to identify it.

    The van now legally belongs to Allstate Insurance Co., which paid off the original owner's theft claim back in 1974. The Highway Patrol turned over the van to Allstate this week.

    Maleta said the van had been restored to pristine condition.

    "Now it's probably worth 27 grand," he said. "It's a beautiful van."

    Megan Brunet, a spokeswoman for Allstate, said the company is looking through old records trying to find the original policy and theft claim.

    "Trying to find paper files from that far back can be pretty challenging," she said.

    The company will likely have the van appraised and go through the process of getting a replacement title before selling it at auction, she said.
     

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    Cool story.

    Given that the vehicle restoration company that possessed the van acted in good faith, and are themselves a 'victim', the ethical thing for Allstate to do would be to return the van to the company in exchange for the sum that they paid out to the original claimant.

    After all, isn't Allstate the company that 'cares'....:rolleyes:

    JL
     
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    Love those old VW vans!
     
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    Me too...

    I bought a beat-up one for a couple hundred bucks when I was a teenager. I'm sorry to say that I immediately ripped off the body and turned it into a woods buggy. Which really rocked because the van engine was more powerful than the standard Beetle engine. I could blow by my pals for the fun of it 8)

    Those things were a dime a dozen in the '70's...

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    Wow, that brings back some memories.
     
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    My dad said when he was 12 a man on his street was selling one of those for 50 dollars. He wanted to buy it but his dad, wouldn't let him !
     
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    Oh but you know they'll go ahead and auction it off for top dollar. Any insurance company is more interested in making the big bucks than they are about people.

    That is definately one clean bus, though.
     
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    The guy who was in the shop next to mine used to restore them.
    It was neat seeing them come in all beat up and then seeing them leave in pristine condition.


    Wheels
     
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