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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 17:16

Stolen Car That Once Belonged to Amelia Earhart, Valued at $500,000, Found in CA

Written by Scott Schwebke, The Mercury News
A rare 1932 Hudson Essex Terraplane that reportedly was once owned by Amelia Earhart was stolen from its storage site in Orange and police are trying to track it down. A rare 1932 Hudson Essex Terraplane that reportedly was once owned by Amelia Earhart was stolen from its storage site in Orange and police are trying to track it down. Photo Courtesy of the Orange Police Department

A 1932 car said to have been owned by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart was stolen the week of February 18 from a parking lot in Orange, CA, and found abandoned Monday night, Feb. 26, in Los Angeles, authorities said.

A viewer recognized the Hudson Essex Terraplane from a television news report and notified authorities around 10:15 p.m. that the car was parked near Alhambra Avenue and Lombardy Boulevard in the El Sereno neighborhood, Officer Luis Garcia, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said on Feb. 27.

 

The car, which the owner pegs at a value of $500,000, will be processed for evidence, Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin said.

 

No arrests had been made.

 

The owner reported to police that the car once belonged to Earhart, who in 1932 became the first woman to fly alone nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.

 

“He says he has paperwork to prove it,” McMullin said.

 

On Friday, Feb. 23, the green and black Essex Terraplane was inside a trailer that was taken from an industrial complex’s parking lot at 1200 W. Collins Ave.

 

Police released surveillance video Feb. 26 showing the truck they believe belongs to the thieves.

 

Anyone with a tip on the case was asked to call Orange PD.

 

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