Up before dawn Thursday, Stephen Bacon went outside to retrieve his newspaper when he realized his eye-catching Chevrolet Corvette was missing from his gated, waterfront community in DeBary.
“It’s a flashy red Corvette — a convertible,” said Bacon, who joined the DeBary City Council in January. “It stands out in a crowd.”
He called authorities and his insurance company before getting another surprise roughly two hours later: They found his car behind an abandoned house in Sanford.
“I think it was heading for a chop shop,” said Bacon. “That’s just a guess.” He praised the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, which is still investigating, and was pleased his car was recovered with only minor damage.
The lock on the glove compartment was busted. Some of his wife’s possessions, including shoes and a gym bag, were missing, Bacon said.
He said the theft has shaken up his community, River Oaks, which has about 70 homes on the DeBary Bayou, a waterway linked to Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River.
The community is southwest of Interstate 4 and Dirksen Drive.
“Everybody in the community is unnerved about it,” he said.
How it was stolen remains a mystery. The car was locked at the time and behind the community’s security gates. The community is covered with security cameras, so the footage may yield clues, Bacon said.
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