Theft of classic car in Otago 'feels like a kidnapping', victim says
An Oamaru family has been rocked by the theft of their classic car – the third such case in the south in just over a month.
The distinctive blue metallic 1970 XW Fairmont has been in Malcolm McKeown's family for 41 years.
"We think of her as a family member," he said.
"It really feels like a kidnapping to my family because it is not just an object to us."
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The vehicle, registration FK3469, was stolen from a locked Oamaru garage sometime during early June.
It followed the theft of two other classic cars: a 1976 burgundy Ford Torino stolen from a Dunedin street on May 11, and a 1971 bronze Ford Falcon XY stolen from a shed on a farm near Mossburn in northern Southland on May 1.
Police were investigating the thefts, including a reported sighting of the Falcon in the North Island.
McKeown said the Fairmont had been in storage for quite some time and had a flat battery and "stale fuel".
"You would need to do a number of things to fire her up."
He believed the car would have been towed out of the garage and then put on a trailer.
The car was known to few people and he was at a loss to know why it was targeted.
"I am optimistic she is still somewhere and we could potentially get her back."
McKeown was grateful to those who had shared a picture of the missing vehicle, saying their support "was very humbling".
Anyone with information about the theft was urged to contact Constable Seaton McGuigan at Dunedin police on 03 471 4800, or could call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.