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Nicolas Cage’s Stolen Car Said Found

January 15, 2002

CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) _ Police believe they’ve located actor Nicolas Cage’s stolen Porsche _ and it’s extremely wet.

A 1989 Porsche Sportster was found Thursday submerged in the Lake of the Ozarks. An anonymous tip led police to the black convertible submerged in 12 feet of water.

The $100,000 car was in a transport trailer on its way from California to Pennsylvania when it was stolen Christmas Day from a parking lot in Arnold, south of St. Louis.

Michael J. Grambling, 19, of Arnold, was charged with first-degree auto tampering in connection with the heist and was being held on $10,000 bond in the Jefferson County jail.

Arnold Police Detective Robert Streckfuss said authorities had not been able to reach Cage, who recently starred in the car-heist film ``Gone in Sixty Seconds.″

The car’s serial number matches Cage’s roadster, Camden County deputies said. Streckfuss said the company that was transporting the vehicle when it was stolen also verified the owner’s identity.

But Cage’s publicist, Annett Wolf, could not verify Monday that Porsche was Cage’s. She said Cage had planned to sell the collector’s item at auction.

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