New Zealand retired business man Peter Molan was feeling the frustration after reading how thieves had stolen the car of a widower of modest means while he was visiting his beloved wife's grave. "I just sat back and thought about it for a while," he told TVNZ. "And then I thought, 'No, bugger it. I have to do something.'"
Molan, retired owner of a trucking company, didn't organize a fund-raising drive. He just offered the victim of the crime, Alex Tairoa, a reliable used car, a Ford Laser (like the one pictured), so he will have transportation to get to and from the cemetery.
The car has new tires and just 62,000 kilometers on the odometer. Tairoa, a 77-year old grandfather and retired slaughter-house worker, was stunned at the kindness of a stranger.
"It's incredible, I got such a shock," Tairoa told TVNZ.
How did the crime take place? The widower left his keys in the ignition while he was visiting his wife's grave just twenty meters away. When he heard a door shut, he turned around to see the thief driving away his Mazda 626.
Police in New Zealand, as well as in the U.S., say that cemeteries have become a favorite target of car thieves. Thieves realize that visitors to cemeteries typically have their guard down. Cemeteries always seem like safe environments where people are respectful of one another's grief and privacy. But the crooks have another idea.
The tip to avoid this tragedy and hassle is easy. Treat a cemetery like any other parking space. Even if you are going to be within fifty meters of the car, lock it up.
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