Stolen VW Beetle Recovered 40 years later



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A Tennessee man whose Volkswagen Beetle was stolen while he was
having dinner with a group of friends in 1974 never thought he would get
his Bug back.

Joseph MacDonald says he’s the owner of the 1965 car, which
authorities say was recently discovered in Detroit, 40 years after it
was stolen.

Federal border agents in Detroit who checked the paperwork discovered
that the 1965 Beetle was reported stolen. The last owner, a Michigan
resident, didn’t know that history. The vehicle was being sent overseas
to be restored.

The car was found in January before it could be shipped to Canada and
then to Finland. The car now is white but was red in 1974.

Knoxville, Tenn., police spokesman Darrell DeBusk said a man named
Joseph MacDonald reported it stolen in 1974. He said a phone number left
by MacDonald no longer works.
On Friday, MacDonald showed WBIR-TV the title for the car, which he
said he purchased in 1973 while studying at the University of Tennessee
campus in Knoxville.

“I knew exactly where I had parked it, right on Highland Avenue, and
when we came back there was just an empty spot there. Just poof. It just
vanished,” he told the station.
After reviewing photos released by federal border officials, MacDonald said he was sure the car is his stolen Beetle.

“She’s got a new paint job, the same top. I know that’s the bumpers.
That’s original bumpers. And that top stayed down. It didn’t matter how
cold it was,” he told WBIR-TV.

“I had always hoped to be reunited with that thing. I’ve actually
told my youngest daughter about that car and she said, ‘Boy I wish you
still had it,’ and I said, ‘I do too. I loved it.’ And I never dreamed
in my wildest dreams that I might get it back.”

The Knoxville Police Department told the station MacDonald will have
to present the title to investigators in order to get the car back.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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~©lilly»™
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Kinda funny though, Nigerian man will never bother about it Beetle ke?

~©lilly»™
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Kinda funny

chiboy okere
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Nice one I like wat u people are doing,Wow after 40 good years d car still came back after it was stolen in 1974 dats great
tanks ones again linjust for for d update

chiboy okere
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Nice one I like wat u people are doing,Wow after 40 good years d car still came back after it was stolen in 1974 dats great
tanks ones again linjust for for d update

chiboy okere
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Wow after 40 good years d car still came back to its owner dats great love dis webpage

osylove
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lolz….this really kinda funny…after 40yrs!…its really lost but found keep updating us. 081382397

osylove
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this is really kinda funny…after 40years…anyway its really lost but found….you people should keep updating us. 081382397

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