Update 7/9/2014: FOUND!
**The owner of the Baur contacted me tonight, so I have the whole story. He has asked me not to share it here, however, to spare the borrower (Marlow) any further anguish.
You can draw your own conclusions from that.
Suffice it to say, that there are no special vulnerabilities that any '02 owners have to worry about as a result of this incident. 'Nuff said. ------Ed.
This Baur has been reported stolen today in Knoxville, TN!
Mr. Marlow had borrowed the car from a friend when it was stolen from his driveway.
Here is a Baurspotting post from about a year in which this Baur was featured:
*"In addition to the KPD; I thank Zach Bowman for posting on Road&Track;Gregg Lonas for sending flyers to every post office in the region and posting on Craigslist; to everyone of you who shared and posted all over the interwebs; to Katie Reno for getting her friends at WATE Channel 6 News to cover it; to those of you who posted on various BMW and 2002 fan clubs; to the kids in the neighborhood who I bribed to be on the lookout as they rode their bikes; to Angie my mail lady who was on the lookout as she delivered mail; and to everyone for tall the positive thoughts and good vibes.
She was stolen in the wee hours of Monday morning; thieves stashed her about 5 blocks away on Wallace Street and disguised her with tarps. The lady who ultimately called the police (at the same time her grandson ran down to my house to tell me). It moved sometime Monday only to return to the same spot by this morning the lady said. About dark tonight she heard noises and found a juvenile couple attempting to start the car. They failed and when she threatened to call the police they ran outta the car leaving it to gently roll into the ladies parked car.
Aside from a dead battery there is no perceivable damage. The car is headed to the KPD impound lot to be processed by forensics. The thieves didn't know how to put up the top--but that meant they didn't find my valuables in the trunk--nor did they take my iphone charger. So as to not contaminate possible forensic evidence I did not open the glove box to check if my unopened pint of George Dickle No. 12 was still there--and quite frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. I'm just so relieved to have her back--and in sound shape!"