Police on Wednesday recovered in Concord the Hyundai Sonata stolen two days before from a McDonald's parking lot in Walnut Creek and found some of the baseball memorabilia that was inside the car.
The memorabilia includes bats and balls and an autographed uniform patch, all marked with the name of Willie McCovey, the San Francisco Giants hall of famer.
Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, a citizen called police asking about the stolen Hyundai, learning of the theft through a police news release and/or television news report, said Walnut Creek Police Lt. Bryan Hill. The citizen gave the license plate number and it matched that of the stolen car.
Concord police recovered the car on La Corte Bonita, Concord, near Clayton Road.
Walnut Creek police were processing the car for evidence Wednesday afternoon. Much of the memorabilia was missing, Hill said, but some items were returned.
On Monday, the owner of the car had parked his car at the McDonald's parking lot on North California Boulevard. He went inside for a cup of coffee, emerging to see his car being driven out of the lot. He had inadvertently left the keys in the ignition, police said.
Walnut Creek on Tuesday police posted the security photo of the alleged car thief.