Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Stolen car pulled out of St. Petersburg's Lake Maggiore

ST. PETERSBURG — Officials pulled a stolen car from Lake Maggiore on Tuesday morning after a St. Petersburg park foreman discovered it underwater during morning patrols.

Pinellas County Fire Rescue divers checked for any bodies and put a strap around the car to free it from the water, said Lt. Joel Granata of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. The car, a 2008 Volkswagen GTI Turbo, was stuck in muck and the windows were down.

Howard Saytor, a Boyd Hill Nature Preserve foreman, said he saw the submerged car around 7:45 a.m. It was about 20 feet from the concrete boat ramp's edge and 3 feet below the surface. Part of Saytor's job is to scan for anomalies in the parks he oversees.

The car's owner, Shawn Welch, said he stepped outside his Citrus Park home Tuesday morning and found pieces of glass and window tint where his car sat the night before. Welch said he reported his missing vehicle around 9 a.m.

He has not seen his car since its new water treatment, but he's been told he won't be driving it again. Police told him a brick was found on the gas pedal.

Stolen car pulled out of St. Petersburg's Lake Maggiore 01/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Roberto Aguayo, Jonathan Drouin, Tim Beckham are coming for revenge


    Forget the Three Tenors.

    Make it the Three Terrors.

    The 2017 Unfulfilled Expectations Tour is about to hit Tampa Bay.

    From left, former Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo, ex-Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin and former Rays infielder Tim Beckham. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times; DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times; Getty Images]
  2. Carlton: A moment of sanity when citizens finally said no


    If you were looking for some small sign of sanity in the world, here's one courtesy of the people of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

    The Confederate memorial statue outside the old Hillsborough courthouse is now boxed up in plywood to prevent vandalism. Private donors have ponied up money to have the statue relocated to a cemetery. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times]
  3. Review: Jason Aldean fires up a country-dude party at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    Country music has a dude problem.

    I’m not talking about the proliferation of mindless bro country over the past half-decade, nor am I referring to the fact that most of Nashville’s best music these days comes not from said bros, from female singers and songwriters.

    Jason Aldean performed at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 18, 2018.
  4. President Trump offers prayers for Kissimmee police


    President Donald Trump reacted to the police shooting in Kissimmee: