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Formula 1: Police find Ferrari that was stolen 28 years ago

A Ferrari stolen from Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger has been found after 28 years. Metropolitan Police

Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger’s stolen Ferrari F512M has been found again after 28 years.

Police believe the car was taken to Japan shortly after it was stolen and then shipped to the UK.

No arrests have been made but British police investigations are ongoing.

This is a machine translation of an article from our US colleagues at Business Insider. It was automatically translated and checked by a real editor.

A Ferrari stolen from Formula 1 legend Gerhard Berger almost three decades ago has been recovered by British police. Berger was at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy, in April 1995 when his red Ferrari F512M, worth around $443,500 (408,800 euros), disappeared.

The 10-time Grand Prix winner witnessed the car driving away and tried to chase the thief but was unable to catch him, reported the “London Evening Standard“. The car was reported stolen, but there was no trace – until January this year, when it was discovered in the UK, according to one Press release the British Metropolitan Police on Monday.

Gerhard Berger pictured at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1988. Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images

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Ferrari contacted the police in January after an inspection of the car, which a US buyer had purchased through a British agent, revealed that it was stolen. It took the Organized Vehicle Crime Unit four days to investigate the car’s history, which dates back 28 years to the time it was stolen by Berger.

Berger’s Ferrari was shipped to Japan shortly after it was stolen 28 years ago

“Our investigation was meticulous and included contacting authorities around the world,” said Mike Pilbeam, who led the investigation. “We worked quickly with partners such as the National Crime Agency, Ferrari and international car dealers, and this collaboration was instrumental in understanding the background of the vehicle and preventing it from leaving the country.”

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The investigation revealed the car was shipped to Japan shortly after it was stolen, before being brought to the UK in 2023. No arrests have been made in connection with the theft and the investigation is ongoing. The car was originally stolen on the same weekend that another F1 driver’s car was stolen. This car has not yet been found.

According to the Standard, the second stolen car was a silver-gray Ferrari 355 that belonged to French racing driver Jean Alesi, who raced in Formula 1 between 1989 and 2001.

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The recovery of Berger’s car is significant at a time when criminals are finding new, technologically advanced methods to steal luxury vehicles. In 2021, it was reported that thieves are using Apple AirTags to track luxury vehicles from public places to their owners’ homes. Thieves have also attempted to steal cars from driveways by using electronic devices to receive signals from keys in homes.

Ferrari did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Gerhard Berger could not be reached.

Read the original article in English here.

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