CROOKS TARGET RARE CLASSICS
Stolen cars being torched
Following a spate of criminal incidents, the police have renewed warnings about the vulnerability of classic cars.
In one of the most high-profile cases, a Triumph GT6 was stolen by joyriders in Essex. After a search, it was found burntout in a field, with owner Gary Aldham left devastated.
Weeks later, a Fiat Panda 4x4 MKI was stolen near Halifax. Two men on a moped had been seen acting suspiciously the night before the Panda and a nearby van were stolen. The Fiat was later found burnt-out.
Mystery still surrounds the theft of a 1952 split-screen Minor convertible, stolen in south London, although there was a happy ending for Citroën enthusiast Edmund Hill, whose rare 1968
Ami 6 was pinched from a street in Swanley. The car was broken into and driven across town, where it was left, fortunately unharmed. Edmund was able to hand over footage taken on the active dashcam – something the thief failed to spot.
Gary Aldham’s GT6 in happier days…
Livixxxdream! … before joyriders torched and abandoned it.