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Stolen St. Petersburg police car found in Lake Maggiore

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg police officer woke to an unpleasant surprise Monday when he discovered his unmarked police car had been stolen from his driveway.

The car was discovered by other officers about 7:30 a.m. — submerged in about 15 feet of water in Lake Maggiore.

No one was in the car, a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz. The car was found after someone called 911 to report a car in the lake.

Police said someone broke into Detective Matthew Furse's locked personal car first and found the keys for the police car inside. The thief then drove the car a few miles away and dumped it into the lake.

Furse, 32, works in the homicide unit and has been a St. Petersburg officer since 2004, Puetz said.

A .45 calibre Glock handgun, an AR-15 Colt rifle, ammunition and a police radio were missing from the Impala, he said. The handgun was police-issued and the rifle was the detective's personal weapon.

Furse will file a memorandum about the incident, which will be reviewed up to the chief to see if any policies were violated. The car was removed from the lake.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (727) 893-7780 or (727) 892-5000.

Stolen St. Petersburg police car found in Lake Maggiore 03/25/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 5:20pm]
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