The kicker for me is that the guy was never prosecuted because of his cooperation with the police. His lawyer called in the theft report to say his client had stopped paying the storage fees, and that a stolen car would be found when the unit was opened.
After the car was found, covered in dust and cobwebs, it was given back to the insurance company that had reimbursed the dealership it was stolen from in 1989. They detailed it, filled the tires with air, replaced the battery, and sold it to an anonymous buyer. Soon after it was then re-sold to a car dealer by the name of Corky Rice, a Sherman Oaks car dealer, who in turn sold it on Ebay for the princely sum of $39,741.