A car stolen from the Northern Suburbs Community Centre on Sunday night was missing for around 36 hours before being recovered by Tasmania Police.
The Hyundai i30, which is used solely by community members to help train learner drivers towards attaining their provisional license, was reportedly taken about 8pm on Sunday night from a secure facility at Newnham.
Northern Suburbs Community Centre general manager Trish O'Duffy said to take the car the thieves had to bust through two locks and remove a bollard in front of the car.
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It was the second time in 18 months the car had been stolen.
Ms O'Duffy said she had received a call after eight o'clock on Tuesday morning from Tasmania Police alerting her the car had been found.
Tasmania Police confirmed the car had been located located on View Bank Road, Newnham about 8.30 on Tuesday morning.
She said, despite it being found, the centre would not be able to use it again until police had conducted their investigations - leaving the 22 learner drivers currently using the car with no way to clock up hours on their learner license.
A spokesperson for Tasmania Police said the car now had to be forensically examined, but only minor damage had been reported.
With a further 42 potential learners on a waiting list for use of the car, Ms O'Duffy said the time the car was out of action would be keenly felt.
"It'll be a week where they are not able to use the service," she said.
We've got our fingers crossed it's still drivable, but even if it looks okay from the outside there could be damage inside or on the undercarriage.- Trish O'Duffy, Northern Suburbs Community Centre general manager
The group posted their car was missing on their Facebook page on Monday morning and were inundated with reports of the car being sighted with some community members claiming they had seen it performing burnouts, speeding and running red lights.
Ms O'Duffy said the centre would now have to reconsider their security measures, despite having already done so after the first theft.
"Unfortunately for us we'll have to work out how we go about that," she said.
"It will be a challenge."
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Ms O'Duffy reiterated the biggest losers from the theft were community members and said it was painful to watch the impact.
"It really upsets me," she said.
"On the whole, we have such a lovely community that supports one another."
She said it was disappointing a small number of people had such a negative impact on the wider community.
Investigations are continuing into the theft and anyone with information can contact Tasmania Police on 13 14 44 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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