VW bus reported stolen in Spokane 35 years ago recovered - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

VW bus reported stolen in Spokane 35 years ago recovered

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A Volkswagen Bus reported stolen to the Spokane Police Department in 1974 has been recovered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Los Angeles.

The 1965 bus, which is in pristine condition and still running, was discovered on October 19 when CBP officers were examining a container scheduled to be exported to the Netherlands.

After running the VIN number on a law enforcement database, CBP officers learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen on July 12, 1974.

"This is a unique case that reflects our strategic approach in utilizing the best of intelligence, training and use of information in enforcing laws and regulations at our ports," said Kevin Weeks, CBP director of Field Operations.

CBP officers contacted state authorities who confirmed that the 1965 Volkswagen Bus case was still open and that the current owner of the car was an insurance company.

The bus was released to the local authorities who notified the current owner about the seizure.

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