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Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
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Stolen St. Pete police car found submerged in lake

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St. Petersburg police are searching for a suspect they say stole an unmarked police car from a detective’s driveway this morning that was found submerged in Lake Maggiore.

The car was stolen from the driveway of St. Petersburg police homicide detective Matthew Furse, 32, who lives in South St. Petersburg. Someone also broke into Furse’s personal vehicle, which was parked right next to his police car, and tried to steal that car, according to police.

A passerby spotted the police vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, about 7:30 a.m. submerged on the east shore of Lake Maggiore, near 34th Avenue South and Dr. Martin Luther King Street South.

When police recovered the car, several items were missing from the trunk, including a Glock 45-caliber handgun, a Colt AR-15 rifle, a portable police radio and ammunition.

The thief broke into Furse’s locked personal vehicle and found the keys to the police car in a center console, police said.

Furse does not appear to have violated any departmental policies by leaving his weapons in the trunk, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780, text a tip to (727) 420-8911 or leave a tip at (727) 892-5000.

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