PETALING JAYA - It started out like any other day for forwarding agent Shawn J. Edmund as he parked his car near Sungai Way and went to work.

It was the last time that he would see his 15-year-old Nissan Sunny 130Y as it was stolen in the afternoon on March 16 last year.

The 23-year-old had parked his car by the roadside as usual and went to work at his then workplace as a technician in the morning and would check on it every afternoon during lunch.

"On that day, I parked the car like I normally did at around 7am, and when I went for my lunch break the car was still there," he said.

Shawn said it wasn't until after work in the evening that he realised that his car had been stolen.

"At first, I could not believe my car was not there. I walked around to make sure I was looking for it at the right spot.

"When I could not find the car, I lodged a report with the police and even checked with the local council in case my car had been towed for illegal parking. There was no record of my car being towed away." he added.

Shawn said the investigations officer told him that chances of recovering his car were very slim.

"I was very upset especially since I have changed the car engine three weeks before that," he added.

Manager Catherine Chin, 34, related how her father's 20-year-old Nissan Sunny 130Y was stolen several weeks earlier in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan.

"My father told me that he had parked his car outside the house and gone to sleep.

"When he woke up at 2am to go to the toilet, the car was still there. But when he got up at around 5am, his car had been stolen," she said.

She added that her father had lodged a police report and was told that his car had most probably been cannibalised.