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Organised Chaos



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United Kingdom 2008 Defender 130 Puma 2.4 HCPU Cairns Blue
Found 16 years after being stolen
Got a letter from the police the other day saying that my 110 Land Rover TD5 tipper had been recovered some 16 years after being stolen of my drive. The insurance company was surprised at it turning up after this long time at least if it is in a decent state they should be able to get some money back when they sell it.
Post #1019050 23rd Dec 2023 8:30am
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Screbble



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United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 XS CSW Zambezi Silver
That is very bizarre, but actually ‘good’ news.

Would you want to buy it back for sentimental reasons?

Were there any criminal proceedings as a result of its recovery?
Post #1019055 23rd Dec 2023 10:01am
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Organised Chaos



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The insurance company did ask if I wanted it back, but not knowing what condition it was in as the vehicle would be 22 years old now, it could be a rot box or could be that someone as spent thousands on keeping it on the road.

I wonder how it was picked up as stolen, was it involved in an accident, was it caught without tax or MOT, as whoever stole it changed the ID of the vehicle and was it only picked up as stolen either by the engine number or VIN number.

We shall see what develops after the NFU as recovered it from the recovery firm.
Post #1019079 23rd Dec 2023 1:46pm
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macfrank



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Shocked Surprised the police still had the records. Has it perhaps been standing in their stolen goods yard for the last 16 years and they've now found the papers behind a filing cabinet? Laughing
Post #1019099 23rd Dec 2023 5:14pm
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excossack



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Maybe worth a view before you do decide to say no thanks. I think I would just out of interest. 1999 Defender TD5 110

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Post #1019100 23rd Dec 2023 5:28pm
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Organised Chaos



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Got the phone number of the recovery yard where its stored so might give them a ring when they open after Christmas.
Post #1019114 23rd Dec 2023 6:45pm
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Procta



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you will be surprised on what shows up after all these years, i remember reading in the paper about some park down south getting dredged, or something a long those lines. When they came to do the job, they dragged a fare few cars out of the pond. I think they ran the reg on one of the cars that was a capri. The results had come back, that it had stolen from the owners drive way back in the 90s. So that would have been fun for the owner to hear that his capri had been found a lot of years later. Defender TD5 90 ---/--- Peugeot 306 HDI hatch back

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Post #1019126 23rd Dec 2023 8:13pm
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Procta



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Organised Chaos wrote:
Got the phone number of the recovery yard where its stored so might give them a ring when they open after Christmas.


I would go and have a look to see what the story is with it, also just to say you have had a look. Thumbs Up

id be on the fence buying it back, due to what may have been done with it etc. Defender TD5 90 ---/--- Peugeot 306 HDI hatch back

Success is 90% Inspiration and 4 minutes Preparation # you can make it!
Post #1019127 23rd Dec 2023 8:15pm
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blackwolf



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I you're really lucky some poor sod has bought it in good faith from the thief and had it fully rebuilt!
Post #1019129 23rd Dec 2023 8:18pm
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Procta



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blackwolf some local arsehole was doing that with defenders, and he was found out, he had been putting genuine IDs on stolen Defenders, after tarting them up. Defender TD5 90 ---/--- Peugeot 306 HDI hatch back

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Post #1019133 23rd Dec 2023 8:21pm
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Whirly90



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My 90 was stolen about 2001-ish, things were quiet for a while until it was spotted with a stolen JCB. The JCB put it's bucket through the back wall of a village post office, scooped up the safe and dropped it into my 90. Things then went quiet again. The police contacted me about 3 years later and said that somebody had applied for a log book for it. I explained that i had been paid by the insurance company so it belonged to them but i'd be interested to hear what happened. It's been MOT'd under it's original ID since 2006 but i was never contacted about it.
Post #1019144 23rd Dec 2023 11:49pm
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Screbble



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You are absolutely certain that you weren’t driving your 90 when the JCB emptied its bucket…
Post #1019161 24th Dec 2023 10:48am
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Whirly90



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Hold on i'll check my bank account...........no, it defintely wasn't me Big Cry
Post #1019194 24th Dec 2023 3:32pm
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Co1



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Rolling with laughter
Post #1019211 24th Dec 2023 7:37pm
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United Kingdom 2004 Defender 90 Td5 XS CSW Zambezi Silver
Whirly90 wrote:
Hold on i'll check my bank account...........no, it defintely wasn't me Big Cry


A likely story M’Lord.
Post #1019277 26th Dec 2023 11:05am
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