Well i had the unpleasent visit from a Detective - yes, a Detective, asking me whether i had picked up my beloved classic from a guarded car storage about 2 weeks ago. That was not the case, so i asked - "no, why?"
the next question was : did you authorize a certain individual of Polish descent to pick up the car on your behalf?
my reply: " Absolutely not! what is going on?"
Turns out, my car has been stolen from a guarded car storage park.
2 weeks ago already!
The incident came to light because a Detective was doing investigation to some suspicious reports and by mere chance they discovered my car had been stolen. And here's the craziest thing of it all:
The car can - or lets say should - only be handed out to the original owner, or a representative but always under confirmable authority which demands A) original car papers B) owner's passport * C) original car keys D) payment of parking fee during used period.
* = or copy with signed declaration including a telephone call between owner and storage manager
The people that thus stole my car did NOT have my car papers, car keys, passport, or anything like that, there was no telephone call, nothing YET the car was HANDED TO THEM.
they did - oddly enough - pay the parking fee, which confuses me even more, but apart from that, nothing.
Police are now going to do a full-scale investigation of the car storage park and responsibles have been arrested on suspicions of fencing.
Turns out some Polish lady paid the parking fee, and then some other Polish guy with a trailer took the car from the guarded car park (they did copy his POLISH ID), and was handed to them DESPITE all aforementioned, AND the ambulance having a Polish license plate, NOT having car keys so it's a complete mistery how they were able to take the car and load it (or, not a mistery but i'm expecting full break-in and damage which can NOT happen under obligatory assistance from the car park crew) onto the hauler, and then they went off into the sunset.
Since this happened already 2 weeks ago i was already fuming that i had not been informed or contacted - i'm preparing legal action at this point and i'm going to unleash pure hell on them - but i also expected the car to be long gone in Poland by now.
Oddly enough Police has a lead based upon apprehention of the 2 people who stole my car (they are actually still here and known) that the car should be parked indoors in a terrain of a car garage (meaning, one that fixes cars up, not a parking), and tomorrow early in the morning when they get the green light from the minister of justice they are going to do a raid on the facility and apprehand the car - and from the information they can't give me but tiny amounts i do get through it seems that there might be a jackpot there with stolen vehicles.
Tomorrow is gonna be a very nervous day for me.
Especially because i don't know what to expect. Will the car still actually be there or is it really gone?
In what state will it be in? will only the locks be damaged, or will there be more damage? Will it be in it's original paint? Will the VIN numbers still be intact? Will it be in 1 piece? Will the (rare) engine in there still be there?
And then comes the part of putting down responsibility and starting criminal charges.
It's completely out of my comprehension that somebody can get their hands on a car without proper documents and identification like that - meaning, if it was 'not an inside job' but a really, really stupid mistake from the people working there. But all lights indicate that it was a deliberate move and thus people working there have given a hand in things (despite the fact we've got video footage from security cameras and a copy of identification papers leading to the apprehantion of the perps). Somebody is going to have to take responsibility though and that'll be the car park in the end either way as that is the deal you make when getting paid for guarding somebody else's possessions.
If the car is gone, or the engine itself - then that is a unpayable loss to be honest. It was not - yet - in full concourse condition. Would it have been, we're looking at a 60.000 USD loss. At the very least ,it's worth between 25.000 to 30.000 USD despite that not resembling it's potential value. Not even mentioning the 'emotional loss' and again, potential 'revenue loss'.
I hope the car will be still there tomorrow but i'm fearing the worst.
unbelievable how dirty people are.
And yes this is about my gorgeous 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 with Ram Air 6.6 L (400cui) engine option (Pontiac GTO engine) with 400 HP and factory Automatic with HURST gate shifting option, factory custom interior, and year-correct ORIGINAL Cragar SS wheels (as old as the car is and in mint condition). My actual boyhood yet achievable dream car (i can't afford a Lamborghini Aventador or a Pagani Huayra for example) is now gone with the wind.