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Ray Jane had his car returned to him this week after it was stolen from his garage in August.
A reunion with his car means 87-year-old Ray Jane won’t be driving his ride-on mower down the road again, anytime soon.
Jane was pulled over by a police officer in August, after driving his only means of transport – the mower – on the road.
He was heading to the Napier Police Station to report that his car had been stolen.
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On Thursday, Jane’s blue Mazda was parked in his driveway and the mower he drove into town has since been replaced with a new one.
“It’s great to have the car back, I really missed having it. I’ve been out to town this morning, getting some shopping. Got some chips for my tea.
“Everything’s just settling down now, so it’s great.”
While the car was being repaired police contacted a local scooter company so Jane would have an alternative means of transport.
“These two young fullas loaned it to me while the car was being fixed, and they even mowed my lawns for me, brought their own mower and everything,” Jane said.
“The scooter has been great, but I find the footpaths around Napier really difficult and bumpy to ride on. That’s why I took the mower down the road, it was a lot smoother.”
On August 11, Jane had parked his brand new, 2-month-old Mazda Axela in his garage before going inside to cook his evening meal.
The garage is just metres from his house but, while Jane was cooking, someone jumped into the car and drove it off the property.
The police station was too far to walk,…