Gone in 60 Seconds: Tip leads police to sports car stolen from car carrier

| 1/16/2002

Life imitated art recently when a rare car was stolen, much like the hit movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" starring Nicholas Cage. And the car's owner? Actor Nicholas Cage.

The $100,000 car was stolen Christmas day from a transport trailer in a parking lot in Arnold, MO. It reportedly only had 100 miles on it at the time it was stolen and was in mint condition. More than two weeks later, divers recovered the car from nearby Lake of the Ozarks. According to news reports, it only took a few minutes for Missouri Water Patrol divers to find Cage's rare 1989 Porsche Sportster at the bottom of the lake near Camden. Police in Arnold, near St. Louis, said they had received a tip from an anonymous source who told them where the car could be found and who stole it.

"The car was being transported from California to Pennsylvania and the driver stopped overnight to visit with family," Arnold Police Detective Robert Streckfuss said. "At about 1 a.m. on Christmas, the suspects broke into the back of the trailer. The keys were in the ignition and they just drove it out."

Divers found the car in 12 feet of water. As it was dragged from the lake the windshield and right side of the car were crushed. The interior had been gutted before it was sent into the water. Four suspects from the Arnold area, ranging in age from 17-20, have been arrested in connection with the theft.