View original topic: STOLEN San Francisco- White 1986 Vanagon GL Westfalia- FOUND
JJM86 Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:37 am

Update 8/19/20: We recovered the van today in downtown Oakland. This van is my father in law's and neither he nor I were aware that Vanagons are a hot item in the area. He does not live here and my experience with stolen cars is usually just teenagers out for a joy ride, not someone who clearly has experience stealing VW vans.

Anyhow, for others who find themselves in this same situation- look on local Parking/Traffic Authority websites to see if your vehicle has been issued a parking citation. This is how we found the van today. Also, if you have a FastTrak toll payment account, you can see if the vehicle has crossed any bridges (only in the direction tolled), which at least can give you an idea of its movements and thus a lead on where else to look.

In San Francisco, look on the SFMTA website:

In Oakland:

Stolen on: 8/8/20 around 10pm
Stolen from: the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco

Van Details:
White 1986 Vanagon GL Westfalia Pop-Top
Oregon License Plate: 150LXH

More Identifying Features:
- Aluminum Mercedes Benz CLK 320 wheels
- Automatic
- Rear bumper is rusty and dented with multiple bumper stickers: star-shaped "Hodad's"; yellow "Farmers"; "I heart the Tighten Ups"
- Black case strapped to front cargo rack
- Tan interior w/blue front seat upholstery

If spotted please call your local police department to report.

dobryan Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:25 am

Man I wish one of these that are stolen had a GPS tracker so we could see how well (or not) it works in this situation...

Corwyn Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:39 am

No kill switch, huh?

Ahwahnee Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:21 am

Isn't this the 4th or 5th theft in San Francisco in the past week or two? One wonders if it is a trend or just the same guy operating on Vanagons over and over.

Quote: Somewhere there is a woman giving birth 4 times every second. We've got to find that woman and stop her.

cmayna Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:31 pm

And here I live 30 minutes south of SF but never leave my white turd unattended in that town. But if I did, I have a GPS tracker and a kill switch. Sure hope the owners of this '85 finds it.

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