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Owner of stolen T-bird reunited with classic car

Original post made on Jul 16, 2007

Ron Leung was reunited with his pristine 1956 Ford Thunderbird last Thursday in Southern California. The car been stolen from him in Palo Alto in 1976.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2007 at 11:26 am

Whereas it is good for the stolen property to be found and returned to its owner, there is another side to this story. Has the recovery of the car helped in the apprehension of the original thieves? Has the unlucky buyer been re-imbursed or apprehended as dealing in stolen goods? How much was paid for the car? Is eBay doing anything to tighten up its security? These are all interesting questions that many of us would like to hear in the next report.


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Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 16, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Yes, I'd like to know the answers to those questions too. I really feel for the people who last bought this car.


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Posted by Don Kazak
Palo Alto Weekly columnist
on Jul 16, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Don Kazak is a registered user.

This is still a Palo Alto case, 31 years later, even though the original police report hasn't been found, Sgt. Sandra Brown said. Maybe recovery of the car could eventually lead back to the original theft although the car has had several owners in between. I called eBay about the company's stated policy of insuring car purchases against fraud for up to $20,000 but haven't heard back yet. Company officials declined to talk to a reporter from the Ventura County Star.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 16, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for the update