Stolen Car Returned After 36 Years

Published 8 years ago by: sunny jacob
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at 03:44 PM, 14/05/2011 (8 years ago)

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A phone call from the police to say they've recovered your stolen car is usually good news - but imagine if that call comes 36 years after you reported it missing.

That's exactly what happened to Janice Maffucci from New Jersey, USA. Her 1969 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car was stolen in July 1975 from outside the post office where her father worked.

After 36 years she naturally assumed that it was gone for good. Amazingly, it was recovered after it was recently bought online by an eagle-eyed classic car enthusiast.

Keith Williams bought the Camaro SS from eBay and discovered that certain things didn't quite add up when it arrived.

Convinced that the Chevy was a fake, Keith contacted California police, who investigated and tracked the car back to a 1975 stolen vehicle report.

They contacted the registered owner at the time, Ms Maffucci, and told her they'd found her car. She hung up, thinking it was a joke, but when the local police paid her a visit, she was convinced, and arranged to have the car delivered.

Since the theft, the Camaro's original six-cylinder engine had been swapped for a more powerful V8.

Mr Williams was able to recoup his investment in the car through buyer's insurance, and Ms Maffucci has been reunited with a car that is now worth significantly more than it was when stolen.

The original thief is yet to be found, but police continue to investigate.


I think this deserves an award of joke of the century but it's for real sha.

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soljurn16 at 06:01 PM, 14/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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I believe they deserve a round of applause for just that singular act...., kudos cops,keep it up!
kebella at 07:19 PM, 14/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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great job!!

Larrykingomoj at 07:25 PM, 14/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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This is wonderful and unbelivable.
ajanni at 10:14 PM, 14/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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harold634 at 10:27 PM, 14/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: kebella on 07:19 PM, 14/05/2011
great job!!

Great indeed
kinsdon at 05:26 PM, 16/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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MissyBarbie at 05:30 PM, 16/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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After 36 years?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy den try
ajanni at 05:37 PM, 16/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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yeah , because dem dey keep records well
Omilim at 10:08 PM, 16/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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36 what  Shocked Shocked
thats like forever.. good recovery
estilizo at 10:13 PM, 16/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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thats a good one,that should be recorded.

deboalabi262 at 02:04 AM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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Geematrix at 03:31 AM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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Correct people
adebarey at 03:20 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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Nigerian Police should take a cue from that.
Nonso85 at 03:27 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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I hear.....
frayobkk at 03:43 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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this is wonderfull

appleofHiseye at 04:00 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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im still laughing,quite  ::)amazing
solid_solid at 04:18 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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nice job
moniconyez at 07:27 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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ajanni at 09:18 PM, 17/05/2011 (8 years ago)
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very useless boy
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