Two decades after it was stolen, a Burbank couple looks to finally be getting their 1966 Volkswagen Beetle back. But they’ll have to pay $800 to do so.
The strange legal case began last summer after Francisco Quiroz of Northridge discovered the vehicle identification number on his red VW didn’t match the one on his pink slip. The Department of Motor Vehicles instructed Quiroz to contact the California Highway Patrol, who on Aug. 11, took his statement and held on to the car.
Following an investigation, CHP officers contacted Darlene Peterson to let her know the car she had reported stolen in March 1991 had been recovered. But officers refused to hand over the Bug, saying that Quiroz claimed it was his car. John Peterson, Darlene’s husband, was less than pleased.
“They say the guy bought it in good faith,” he said. “Well, he bought a stolen car.”
For his part, Quiroz said he purchased the car in 1999, putting between $5,000 to $6,000 into repair and maintenance over the years.