AUGUSTA — Wrecker operator Shawn Pierce walks back to shore Wednesday at dawn after attaching a chain to a stolen car in the Kennebec River in Augusta.

The car was recovered after an angler spotted it in the river near the walk-in boat ramp off Canal Street, according to Augusta Police Sgt. Vincente Morris.

AC Towing used two wreckers to haul the sedan to a parking lot, where police searched the it and notified the owner, who had left his keys in the car.

Augusta police Lt. Christopher Massey said the car was taken from Mills Street sometime after 6:30 p.m., Tuesday. The 2002 Kia four-door suffered some front-end damage in addition to being submerged. Maine Marine Patrol and the Department of Environmental Protection were notified, but no cleanup was necessary, Massey said. 

“It doesn’t look like it was there too long,” he said. “There was minimal environmental impact.”

The investigation continues.

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