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    A stolen car returns home with neighbor’s help

    Five-year-old Coltrane Simon looked into his neighbor’s found car while a towing truck driver and his father Arthur Simon checked the condition of the vehicle.   Five-year-old Coltrane Simon looked into his neighbor’s found car while a towing truck driver and his father Arthur Simon checked the condition of the vehicle. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    Neighbors helped to take a stolen car back home to Dartmouth Street in Albany with a tow truck Wednesday, six days after it disappeared.

    The car, which belongs to Albany resident Michael Roberts, was stolen in front of his house last Thursday night, and was found abandoned on a Richmond street by police Tuesday.

    Arthur Simon, who lives across the street of Roberts’ house, went to a Richmond towing yard to get the car back Wednesday because its owner Roberts had to go on a trip to Japan in the morning.

    “I am happy that it’s over, ” said Simon after he took pictures of his neighbor’s recovered car. “I will write Michael an email with the pictures telling him his car is home now. ”

    The battery and stereo of the gold 1989 Honda Accord were gone, but none of the other parts were damaged.

    Simon spent the morning going back and forth to Albany and Richmond police departments, until he found out he had got all the paperwork he needed in the two envelopes Roberts gave him early morning before he left for Japan.

    “We didn’t talk much at that time,” said Simon, who didn’t know the car was found until his neighbor knocked on his door at around 7 a.m..

    It’s the second time that a car was stolen from the neighborhood this year, according to Simon. His two cars have also been broken into several times, with a stereo taken from one. Now he uses a portable stereo to avoid theft.

    “Everybody helps out everybody in my neigborhood. I’ve never found that anywhere I live, ” said Amy Baer, another neighbor who gave Simon a ride to the towing yard.

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