Two in court after rare car seized by police

Matthew Ryan sits in the front seat of his Bentley after being recovered in Lyall Bay on Saturday night.

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Matthew Ryan sits in the front seat of his Bentley after being recovered in Lyall Bay on Saturday night.

A man and woman have appeared in Wellington District Court charged with receiving a rare Bentley car that was stolen last week.

Geoffrey John Hooper, 53, and Jayne Anne Jacqualine Broderick, 38, have not pleaded guilty to charges of receiving someone’s car because they knew it was stolen. Broderick was also accused of not helping with a search.

The 1962 S3 Bentley is one of only three in New Zealand, with an estimated value of $100,000.

It is owned by real estate investor Matthew Ryan.

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The rare Bentley that was stolen last week.

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The rare Bentley that was stolen last week.

On Friday, Ryan offered a $20,000 reward for the car and it was recovered in Lyall Bay late Saturday night.

Ryan said the car had about $5,000 worth of damage and he now wants a reward.

Hooper appeared before Judge Jan Kelly on Monday. He did not ask for bail or plead the charge. He was held in custody for two weeks.

Broderick was remanded in custody by a registrar until May.

Ryan said he was relieved and grateful that the car had been found.

“Many people with no personal profit motive made time to help, as did good citizens. We are very grateful for the support of the public,” he said. “It was pretty humbling to see.”

Ryan had said the theft of the vehicle early Tuesday morning from an underground parking lot on Mornington Rd in Brooklyn was the second theft of the vehicle in recent weeks. Thieves stole all four tires from Ryan’s 2006 BMW M3 last month.

He said witnesses saw the Bentley pull away with a man at the wheel and wearing the chauffeur’s hat, which Ryan left in the car.

It was not stated whether the hat was found.

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