July 31, 2009 by Joseph Krohn
An Audi sedan written off by an elderly German woman as stolen two years ago has resurfaced – in her neighbour’s garage beneath a thick layer of dust.
Police said Thursday the 82-year-old from the northern city of Hildesheim took the car in for repairs two years ago and had the mechanics drive it back to her house and park it in her garage. She got the keys and papers from her mailbox, but when she went to get the car it was nowhere to be found. So she reported it stolen.
Fast forward to Wednesday when her neighbour went to clean up his unused garage so it could be rented. He found the car under “a centimetre-deep coating of dust.” It didn’t take police long to piece together that the mechanics had parked it in the wrong garage.