THIEVES DE­FEATED!

The power of so­cial me­dia shines through to help owner get his Alfa Romeo rally car back

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

An Alfa Romeo owner has been re­united with his clas­sic less than 24 hours af­ter the ve­hi­cle was stolen – thanks to so­cial me­dia.

Adrian Evans’ 1965 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Sprint GT 1.6 was stolen while out­side his brother’s house in Ed­in­burgh. The car was hot wired by thieves be­tween 12am and 7am on 25 April. Adrian had trav­elled there from his home in York for the His­toric En­durance Ral­ly­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s (HERO) Scot­tish Malts Trial and Tour.

His 17-year-old daugh­ter sug­gested post­ing on Face­book about the theft and it was then picked up by HERO and clas­sic car in­sur­ance spe­cial­ist Hagerty and the post was quickly viewed by more than 100,000 peo­ple.

A cou­ple who had seen the so­cial me­dia post that morn­ing no­ticed the ve­hi­cle out­side a garage in Ed­in­burgh where the thieves were try­ing to start the en­gine. While the cou­ple phoned police af­ter recog­nis­ing the Gi­u­lia’s num­ber plate, the thieves scarpered.

Ed­in­burgh police re­turned the ve­hi­cle to Adrian that evening and he was still able to take part in the rally.

Adrian says: ‘I just want to thank ev­ery­one who took an in­ter­est in this and helped to re­turn my car. The police were swift in their re­sponse but the power of so­cial me­dia meant that the car was re­turned to safe cus­tody.

‘It’s re­ally heart­warm­ing to have re­ceived help from the clas­sic car fra­ter­nity and it re­ally soft­ened what was a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion. With­out the help on so­cial me­dia I wouldn’t have got the car back.’

The Alfa was spot­ted af­ter an alert was posted on Face­book.

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