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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the classic Chevrolet convertible featured in the film "Pulp Fiction" has been found nearly two decades after it was stolen.

The San Bernardino County Sun reports movie director Quentin Tarantino's 1964 Chevelle Malibu was recovered in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this week.

John Travolta's character drove the cherry red car in the movie.

Sheriff's Sgt. Albert Anolin said an investigation into an old Malibu in the desert city of Victorville on April 18 led detectives to another Malibu in the Oakland area. They then confirmed that vehicle belonged to Tarantino and was reported stolen in 1994.

Authorities say the car's current owner is not believed to be involved in its theft and is considered to be a victim of a fraud.

A message seeking Tarantino's comment was not immediately returned.

Preventing car theft

With the summer holidays coming up -- a time when thieves are especially active -- take a moment and check out these car theft deterrents. Although some may seem pretty obvious, they can go a long way in making sure your vehicle stays in the right hands.

Park in plain sight

Our natural inclination is to hide something we don't want anyone to steal, but for cars, visibility is the key to safety, say experts. Thieves prefer to work out of sight of people and electronic recording devices, so leave your car in a well-lit, populated area. Take your keys---always

If you think this tip falls into the "duh" section of car theft prevention, try Googling the phrase "keys in ignition" or similar and you'll see many trusting souls leave the equivalent of a sign reading "FREE CAR!" hanging from their ignition switches on a daily basis. Car theft is often a crime of opportunity, so shut yours off and pocket your keys even if you're only ducking into a convenience store.

Don't hide your keys anywhere within or outside the car

You know those magnetic key holders you can buy to store your spare key? Leave it in your house on the fridge, not under bumpers, in the glove compartment or anywhere in the car. Thieves know all the hiding places you do, and probably a few more.

Use a variety of methods to slow would-be thieves

Car alarms are ubiquitous and often go ignored. When used in tandem with other theft prevention methods, though, they will make a thief naturally try to work faster, and if he comes across other security measures, he may give up altogether and move on. Apply the emergency brake, turn your wheels hard left or right and set the car in "park" or in gear, making it more difficult for you to be quickly towed, and consider using a vehicle recovery system like LoJack or an engine immobilizer device such as Ravelco.

Disable your battery if parking long-term

A thief won't spend time trying to diagnose an apparent engine problem. Consider yanking one of the cable wires to your battery if you're leaving your car parked at an airport or anywhere else where it will sit unattended for more than a few days.

Sign valuable parts

Take the time to embed your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the inside of your trunk, inside your doors, on your sound system components and any other pricey parts thieves like to chop. If you don't feel like doing it yourself, contact your local police precinct or even your insurance company, some of whom offer free VIN etchings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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      frank1946
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was it a 327 ? Automatic or 4 Speed. Need more info. Lucky Quentin, Lucky Guy.
      klavezo
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this means Tarantino will make Pulp Fiction Part 2?
      • 2 Years Ago
      At first I thought it was the wolfs NSX, always storys about decade old stolen cars coming up, freind of mine had a 66 vette for 3 years , took it to mechum aution to sell it, and it was confiscated on the spot, have to check numbers other than the one obvious one, and now these cars are big, big bucks as so many have left the country, owner of vette lost his car and the 55k he spent on it, no charges
        Steven
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you buy a used Corvette, ask your insurance agent to run the numbers, never heard of anyone being billed for service. Go on line and find out where the hidden VIN numbers are located and check before you buy it. Do your homework before buying it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wonder if the real thief can be prosecuted...Statute of Limitations would apply.
        AdamsH
        • 2 Years Ago
        Highly unlikely they would ever even figure out who did it...
      autonimous
      • 2 Years Ago
      Back when it was popular to steal car radios I used to glue razor blades to the back of them (this is when radios had to be installed from the back) - I would remove them when I sold the car, and I always worked on my own cars so there was no chance of hurting an innocent mechanic.
        jasco27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @autonimous
        I used several fish hooks taped to the radio case and tied to the dash frame with heavy fishing line.
      Robert Brooks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't there a statute of limitations?
        dennismlns
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert Brooks
        Gee, you think that might be the reason NOBODY has been charged, as for the guy that sold it to him, both grand theft auto and fraud has a limit of 3 years in California.
          Robert Brooks
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dennismlns
          Yea, but they confiscated it. As recovered stolen property. So the dude is out of a car. Same difference.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you catch someone in your car the best bet is use back alley justice. The criminal justice system just slaps their hand.
      AdamsH
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you got a WRX, STI, Forester, Legacy GT, Saab 9-2x, Nissan GTR, Mitsubishi EVO, Bmw 128i, 335i, etc and you have a Cobb Accessport and you're leaving your car longterm flash the basemap to be the anti-theft map. For them to start your car they would literally need to remove the ECU and replace it Shortterm you can simply flash it as a realtime map (takes like 10 seconds) the only issue is it can be overcome by disconnecting the battery (on the other hand most car thieves wouldn't know this)
      glj49469
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the worst movies ever made from one of Hollywood`s least talented directors...who cares?
      investrman
      • 2 Years Ago
      HA! LOOK at the Chevy Malibu of today copared to the large car it used to be.
      DaveArno
      • 2 Years Ago
      I usually throw them in the trunk for a few days then drop them off out in the boonies.....it's happening less and less in my neighborhood now!
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      Manufacturers make battery disconnect switches. These install between the battery and the battery cable in most case and work with a key or a removeable insert. You can find them at most auto supply stores or online.
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