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Stolen Pickup Recovered 22 Years Later
10/08/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A 1977 Chevrolet pickup stolen 22 years ago was recovered by Oregon State Police (OSP) after it was brought in for a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection at the OSP Portland Area Command office.
 
On September 25, 2008, a man brought a black 1977 Chevrolet pickup displaying Oregon license plates to the OSP Portland office for a VIN inspection. Senior Trooper Terry Schuler was initially unable to locate a VIN in a normal location but was able to locate the VIN in a secondary, confidential location. A check through the local state and national computer database did not indicate the vehicle was stolen, so Senior Trooper Schuler contacted the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and requested a check with archived files.

 
The NICB located a purged stolen report prepared in 1986 by the Salem Police Department. Contact with Salem Police Department confirmed the pickup, now valued at approximately $5,000, was reported stolen October 30, 1986 and was still considered an active stolen vehicle.

 
The man who brought the vehicle into the office for the VIN inspection advised he owned it for two years and is cooperating with a continuing OSP investigation.
 
The pickup was seized and is being held until it can be returned to the current legal owner, Farmers Insurance.
 
This is the second oldest known recovery of a stolen vehicle brought in for a VIN inspection. The oldest known recovered stolen vehicle by Senior Trooper Schuler was a 3-wheel all terrain cycle stolen 26 years earlier. In June 2006, a 1951 Ford Crown Victoria stolen 18 years earlier was also recovered and reunited with its original owner.