Police say an elderly couple were “bowled over” after officers helped to buy them a replacement car for Christmas.
Metropolitan Police officers handed a new Vauxhall Corsa – with its insurance and MOT paid for – to Linda and Michael Gibbs after their Austin Metro was stolen from their garage in October.
The pair, both aged 73, were said to need a car for hospital appointments and were “overwhelmed” by the gift.
Mr Gibbs said: “I’ve heard of wonderful things happening to people and we try and do our bit for charity, but I never thought this would happen for us.”
Linda Gibbs said: “This is an amazing car, it has electric windows, two wing mirrors and no choke. She is amazing. Thank you so so much.”
The Croydon couple were handed the car free of charge by a local dealership while the insurance and MOT were paid for through donations from officers and the public who raised £2,300.
DC Helen Cooper of Croydon CID said: “Our hearts went out to Mr and Mrs Gibbs when we saw how upset they were to lose their car. It was a real lifeline to them.”
“We just had to do something to help them.”
Their car was found on 17 October but had to be crushed as it was badly damaged.
A 19-year old man, Fabion Wilfred of Coulsdon in Surrey, pleaded guilty at South London Magistrates Court to handling stolen goods on 2 December.
He will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court next month.