Malaysian tracks down stolen vintage car

Malaysian tracks down stolen vintage car

A 35-year-old vehicle claims executive managed to find his antique car, about 12 hours after it was stolen outside his apartment in Sungai Ara in George Town, Penang.

Mr S. Vickneswaran said he was fortunate that his 1959 Austin A30 was not damaged when he discovered it just after midnight on Saturday at a house in Lorong Kelawei, reported The Star.

He said his antique car had been parked next to the guardhouse of his apartment block before it went missing.

"When I got up on Friday morning, the car was gone. The security guard told me that it had been towed away.

"Being in the vehicle service line, I know many tow truck drivers in Penang and it took me hours of telephone calls to find the whereabouts of my car," he said.

He added that one of the tow truck drivers admitted he had towed the car after receiving instructions from a man claiming to be the owner.

Mr Vickneswaran went to the address given by the tow truck driver and found his car parked at the house.

He then called the police and they raided the house, arresting a man in his 40s who is believed to be a car theft syndicate member.

Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the suspect, who has a previous record for car theft, was hiding the RM80,000 (S$30,000) car at the house before finding a buyer.

He added that the police were now looking into the possibility of car theft syndicates using tow truck services to steal cars.

Investigations are ongoing.

Mr Vickneswaran said he paid RM8,000 for the car which was in a very bad condition then and spent RM50,000 to restore it.


This article was first published on April 7, 2015.
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