Stolen 1965 Volkswagen Beetle recovered nearly 40 years later

DETROIT - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Officers in Detroit recovered a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle nearly 40 years after it was reported stolen from Knoxville, Tennessee.

The vehicle was being shipped from Michigan to Finland. When the vehicle and its documents were examined on January 30, 2014, CBP officers learned the Volkswagen was reported stolen in 1974. Agents from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) worked with CBP to confirm that the vehicle matched the information reported to Knoxville Police nearly 40 years ago.

“Part of safeguarding our nation is to make sure that all exports are legitimate and lawful,” said Acting Port Director Marty Raybon. “Recovering a vehicle reported stolen 40 years ago is a testament to the vigilance and attention to detail on the part of CBP.”

The vehicle export procedure includes presentation of the vehicle’s title and export shipment information to CBP for examination at the port of exportation. The vehicle and parts related to its restoration were seized by CBP.

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