Rare BMW stolen from Knoxville home recovered

Rare BMW stolen from Knoxville home recovered

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This rare antique BMW has now been recovered. (source: Bentley Marlow) This rare antique BMW has now been recovered. (source: Bentley Marlow)

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A rare classic car stolen from a home in Knoxville's Mechanicsville neighborhood has been recovered.

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The 1975 BMW 2002 was taken from the driveway of a home on Douglas Avenue sometime Sunday night and was not seen since.

Police say the car was found around 10:49 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of Wallace Road. The car had a dead battery but no physical damage.

"I figured we had one of two outcomes. Either it was locals taking it for a joy ride and it would show up nearby or it was professionals and it was probably long gone," said Bentley Marlow, who had borrowed the car from his best friend's grandfather.

Marlow said a woman noticed someone putting a tarp on the car along Wallace Road in front of her house.

"She just assumed at first that it was just an old car and somebody broke down and needed to go get some tools and didn't think much about it until yesterday afternoon when she saw Channel 6 News and she put two and two together and that's what lead her to call police," he said.

As she was doing so she noticed a young couple trying to start the car. They took off when they realized the woman knew the it was stolen.

Officers say they have two persons of interest: a black male in his late teens with dreadlocks and a black female standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.

The car was only one of 1,864 made, and just five ended up here in the United States.

Marlow says the ordeal has taught him an important lesson.

"The garage is getting cleaned out. Anytime the car stays with me, it will be inside of the garage," he said.

The car will remain in an impound lot for a week or two as officials process it for fingerprints and other clues that may lead them to the suspects.

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