As taken from Classic Car weekly dated Oct. 02nd 02

Police are warning about the probability of an organized gang targeting classics in the southwest of England.

Warnings have been issued in local newspapers following the thefts of a jaguar and a Capri in the Brixham/Torquay area within a few weeks of each Other. In the first incident, the red and white jaguar XJS convertible, registration ADZ 27 and with a value of 6000, was stolen from a padlocked garage in Brixham, south of Torquay. It was stolen between noon on august 27 and 11am on August 30 in the Ocean View Crescent area of the town. At the time of going to press, the car had not been recovered and there had been no further developments.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said;'' the thief or thieves were not joyriders. Your Average joyrider would not steal a car from a lock-up garage. We believe it was Stolen to order. A few weeks later, a rare, mint condition 1977 ford Capri 3.0S Mk ll was taken from neighbouring Paignton.the bright red Ford, registered PTB 64R With grey interior and 'go faster' exhaust system, belonged to Plymouth Resident Philip Beaumont. It was stolen from the town center late last month

Said Philip: ''we went up for a day out, and within an hour it was gone. Police say it was targeted. Apparently there is a gang operating there and stealing them to order. A Policeman told me, 'I bet you'll never see it again'. "It took me six years to find it, and I'd only owned it for 18 months. I've only ever seen one in that good condition, I had spent two grand alone on the bodywork." Anybody with information on these cars should contact Torquay police station. The national police enquiry line is 0870 577 7444.

Meanwhile, another ford was taken from the Whitefield area of Manchester. In this particularly nasty incident, the thief tried to run the owner down when he attempted to stop the thief from driving away. David Speight had park his Ford Cortina four-door 1500 Super Deluxe in a Whitefield side street and returned to find it being driven away. "Foolishly I stood in front of the car and he tried to run me down," He said.

''In retrospect, I could have followed him or tried to catch him at the traffic lights, but I just didn't think at the time." the 1963 saloon is a distinctive aqua blue colour with an Ermine White roof .It is fitted with a rare column change, bench seat and early strip speedometer. Its licence plate number AFM 543F, the chassis number is Z83C 213024J and the engine number is 77778. "If only I had fitted an immobiliser, it would still be mine," Said David. I hoped it was just an opportunist thief, and the police thought it would be found very quickly. It does stand out like a sore thumb. It is very upsetting."

Anybody with information on this car should contact David on 0161 766 4332. A reward of £250 is being offered for information leading to its return.




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