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Offline Quentin Hall

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Re: Stolen 53 Eldorado parts.
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2018, 07:06:11 AM »
Encouraging news with Sen Sgt Mat Ryan of Ferny Grove Police finally acknowledging the theft of my priceless 53Eldorado parts.
One of the most frustrating elements has been the procedural slowness of establishing the chain of events and then identifying a timeline and then a “who did what.”
    After sending the thief a letter of demand from my lawyer, some of the parts have been recovered. Most importantly the vent wings for car #412 prominently stamped 411 (because the Eldos were bespoke the windshield and vent wings were polished and chromed as a set and can vary in sequence from the designated car by up to 20 cars), have been located and returned and a clear trail of how they got from Brisbane to Melbourne established. This serial number is crucial because it clearly shows the fact that parts were taken off what was a very valuable vehicle, 53 Eldorado #412.. This is just a pair of many stolen parts returned . There are still many parts yet to be returned though.
   Still outstanding a full rechromed rear bumper, unchromed front bumpers, a pair of no’s Guide S18 spotlights, rechromed foglight housings and 24k gold fender scripts and Eldorado only stainless trim removed from once complete units. A nos  set of 53 wire hubcaps too and 57 Eldorado sun visor brackets and an irreplaceable 53 Eldo seat badge. Nos 53 Eldo wiper arm. Rear armrest bolsters. The list goes on and on. Disappointing is that many components have been returned stripped of brand new hydraulic rams, hydraulic lines, fan motors, trim, etc.
    I am pushing the police hard to press charges on the thief who has used the cover of back to back Intervention orders issued by Dandenong Magistrates Court to obfuscate the fact that he came onto my property without my permission and stole many many items, that represent a lifetime of scouring and collecting. Once the second Year long Intervention Order expires I may decide to confront the thief directly to return or reimburse me for the outstanding parts. If that holds no sway then sueing him via the Queensland Magistrates Court will be the next direct action.
     Sen Sgt Simon Godwin rang me at 2pm yesterday to further discuss the 411 provenance. I’ll be talking with him later in the week.
     I’m confidant that soon the tables turn on this thief coward who for the past, nearly two years, has tormented me with his smug use of Intervention Orders.

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Re: Stolen 53 Eldorado parts.
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2018, 09:15:39 AM »
G'day Quentin,
Hang in there, and congratulations on getting so far in your recovery of these priceless items.

Looks like you are dealing with a Police Officer that understands the value of specialised car parts, and hopefully, you will get everything back.

Bruce. :devil:
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Offline Quentin Hall

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Re: Stolen 53 Eldorado parts.
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2018, 08:04:07 AM »
Yesterday marked two long years since May 29 2016 when I discovered a devastating theft of irreplaceable 1953 Eldorado parts from cars #412 and #433 from my home workshop. The thief was quickly determined on the first day. Police were called and a report made. QP1600958952.
On May 30 2016 I went to a Brisbane restoration shop premises and saw some of my stolen property  on the shop floor before being ushered from the property with an intervention order granted that morning by a Victorian Court. Police were advised and gave permission to the thief for the stolen property to be removed from the restoration shop to the thief’s home in Victoria. The Court intervention order precludes me uttering the thief’s name.
    A lawyer mate drafted a dozen or so letters of demand to the thief’s lawyer and they resulted in the return of some of the parts. A large quantity of my property remains in the thief’s possession.
     I demand that Queensland Police charge the thief with theft. It is irrefutable.
     It should not take two years to get no Police enforcement of a very simple but devastating (for me) theft.
      The Court and legal manipulation should be seen as unacceptable.

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Re: Stolen 53 Eldorado parts.
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2018, 06:06:14 PM »
 The thief has returned a large quantity of parts but he still retains the following items. I have blanked out the thief’s name as he has s protected by a Intervention Order but I intend to name him once it expires.  Any other named persons on this list have been of assistance.
1. Complete rechromed rear bumper with all fixtures including brackets licence light and exhaust outlets. Swapped over at Restored Classics. (Taken from upstairs of shed). Refer Tom Deen affidavit.
2. 24 k gold Cadillac fender scripts. (Taken from middle filing cabinet ).
3. 2x Excond Fog light housings (rechromed by (blank)to hide provenance Taken from trunk of #412). Seen in pics provided by LS.
4. Restored licence surround. (Taken from top drawer of middle filing cabinet.)
5. Rechromed hood goddess taken from 53 drawer of filing cabinet on back wall.
6. Blower motor removed from 57 Ac/heaterbox. ( presume by RC)
7. 3x rear view mirrors in boxes. Brand new. (Taken from middle filing cabinet).
8.  2x Guide S18 door mounted spotlights in New Old Stock condition.
9. Two thin ss door mouldings removed from both returned rh Eldo door panels. Taken from off door and front seat of #412] refer Tony Love affidavit.
10. 3x pairs of bumperette screw covers in ss (from  middle filing cabinet)
11. Eldo only seat tag from #412 (irreplaceable) (Taken from middle filing cabinet.)
12. Pair excond taillights. Including second hand lenses. Seen in pics provided by LS.
13. Hydramatic ring gear. Refer Laine Smerdon response. (Taken from front entry of shed).
14. Hydrovac Trico vacuum pump. Eldo only . (Taken from middle shelving wall).
15. Mint condition 4gang window switch. From gold coupe parts car. (Taken from far corner wall shelf).
16. 2x front bumper ends (in excond unchromed bare metal from #433.) (Taken from floor in between #433 and 57 conv.)
17. Brand new rams, springs, hoses and fittings removed from #412 hydraulic door mechanisms by RC?. Identified by gold zinc plating .( Blank’s units in silver zinc rich paint. Also lower eldo only L brackets. Identified by red paint on tip of ram. Eldo only.)  (Taken out of #412.)  ( seen in pics provided by LS).
18. Rear bolster upper armrests in black paint. Seen in trunk of (blank) car photo provided by LS. Taken out of #412]. Eldo only.
19. Rear licence light surround glass lenses and chrome bezels x 2 or 3? (Taken from middle filing cabinet refer also similar complete item 4.)
20. 1957 sun visors in poor condition and convertible only escutcheons. (Taken from middle area of shed where 57 is stored).
21. A pair of 53 rear windows that were marked in texta “Q to take”. These came from gold Perth donor car.

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Re: Stolen 53 Eldorado parts.
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2018, 05:09:40 AM »
Its been a slow progress.

It is however, good to see you getting some gear returned.
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Offline Quentin Hall

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Re: Stolen 53 Eldorado parts.
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2019, 02:31:53 PM »
A warning to Cadillac guys in the Melbourne area who may be approached to finish a yellow 53 convertible .
I’ve discovered that the guy (a thief who I can’t name cos he has an Intervention Order against me ) has done this several times. Using the same legal manipulation. I spoke to two gentlemen this week with mirror image stories to mine and said he is well known ( and little regarded) in Melbourne circles.