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Friday, 21 September 2007 01:46

Murphy's Man Gets a Big Surprise From Birthday Present

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slide8You can run, but you can’t hide from the CHP… On March 2, 2007, Mike Schwartz of Murphy’s thought he had received the perfect birthday gift from his wife – a 1931 Model A Ford, off an E-Bay auction listing by the St. Louis Car Museum in St. Louis Missouri. The Schwartz’s purchased their dream car for just under $22,000. The car arrived with a Certificate of Title with a Vehicle Identification Number which matched the number on the engine.
When Mr. Schwartz attempted to register the car, he was referred to the California Highway Patrol in San Andreas where it was discovered that the ID number on the car was fraudulent. Further investigation revealed that the Model A had been stolen from its owner, 77 year-old Carl Bickel, in Charlotte, North Carolina – 24 years ago. Mr. Bickel had been in the process of restoring the vehicle in a warehouse when the car was stolen. He is now on his way to California to pick-up the antique car and Mike Schwartz is contacting the St. Louis Car Museum and EBay for restitution.
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