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Stolen 1959 Porsche Recovered at the Houston Seaport

Release Date: 
December 13, 2013

Houston U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Houston Seaport recovered a stolen 1959 Porsche 365A nearly three months after it was reported stolen from Los Angeles, California.

At the time of the theft, the car’s owner was in the process of restoring the vehicle, which in its present condition is valued at more than $40,000.

“Part of safeguarding our nation’s interests is to make sure that all exports are legitimate and lawful,” said Port Director Dave Fluty. “We check exports for stolen goods, advanced technologies, firearms, and dual use items, among many other requirements.” 

CBP is responsible for ensuring goods exiting the United States do so in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, including vehicle exportation laws.

Applicable laws establish a procedure for exporting vehicles.  This procedure includes presenting the vehicle’s title and export shipment information to a CBP officer for examination at the port of exportation.  When the vehicle and its documents were presented for examination December 2, CBP officers discovered that the Porsche was reported stolen.

Houston CBP processes six thousand to seven thousand vehicles for export each month.

CBP seized the vehicle and turned it over to the Houston Police Department Auto Theft Division for recovery and disposition.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021