Unfortunately, there's still a sad ending.
It's heartbreaking when anything you care about is stolen, especially when that item is a beloved vehicle. In this case, it was a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Sometimes stolen vehicles are recovered and returned to their owners, but this doesn't happen in most instances. The story of this stolen and now found Z06, however, is a very unusual situation.
According to the Coeur d'Alene Press, the orange Z06 was found abandoned at the bottom of a lake. Local residents who were swimming nearby saw it completely submerged near the end of a boat launch and quickly notified authorities. A sheriff's diver's team did their job and determined no one was inside the vehicle. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's completely totaled.
The ordeal began last week when the Vette was reported stolen from a local residence earlier the same day it was found. As of this writing, no suspects have been found but authorities are reviewing surveillance videos. Police are now encouraging people to come forward if they have any relevant information.
What remains unclear is how exactly the car ended up in the lake, but it'll likely be one of two scenarios: the thief decided to ditch the car in a place where it was less likely to be found and traced back to them, or they simply lost control of the 505 horsepower sports car and it plunged into the water. The thief got lucky and managed to wiggle their way out before it sunk.
The first scenario sounds more likely. Ditching the car in the water will make it more difficult to police to trace the culprit(s). But why ditch the car in the first place? Why not at least make an attempt to sell it on the black market? Here's one possible reason: the C6 Z06 came with a manual transmission only. The thief may have had difficulty driving the car, which impeded in the getaway.
Manual transmission-equipped vehicles have been proven to be effective against thieves who don't know how to work three pedals. Unfortunately, this C6 Z06 remains a casualty.