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26-Year-Long Portland Car Theft Comes To An End In L.A.


Anyone out there missing a 1969 Corvette? It would have been stolen from your Portland home sometime in 1988.

A stolen 1969 Corvette was discovered during a routine customs check at the Port of Los Angeles. The car was stolen from Portland 26 years ago.

A stolen 1969 Corvette was discovered during a routine customs check at the Port of Los Angeles. The car was stolen from Portland 26 years ago.

Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

What might be the world’s longest search for a stolen cars ended last month when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered five stolen cars in a shipping crate bound for the Netherlands.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the cars were discovered in a shipping crate during a routine customs check at the Port of Los Angeles. 

Along side the Corvette were a 1967 Jaguar XK-E stolen some 46 years ago outside of the owner’s Manhattan apartment, a 1976 Mercedes 280 taken in 2002, a 2007 Mercedes E350 fraudulently leased in 2008 and a 2014 Camaro ZL1 with illegal paperwork.

The Jaguar’s owner plans to reunite with his car, which he bought for $5,000 six months before it was stolen.

The vehicles are now on display in an L.A. warehouse. The newspaper did not report whom the Corvette belongs to, and the customs agents haven’t yet determined who stole each of the cars.

If you owned the Corvette or you know whom the car belonged to, I’d love to speak with you.

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