Published: Jun 01, 2010 11:14 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2010 4:08 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's Dive Team members recovered a stolen 2003 Mercedes SLK320 in a Deep Creek lake Sunday afternoon.

The car was reported stolen on November 16, 2009 from a driveway in the 25000 block of Aysen Drive, not far from where the vehicle was found submerged about 75-feet offshore in the lake.

A resident nearby who lives on Santarem Circle contacted CCSO after spotting the submerged car. The car was valued at $20,000.

A woman from South Naples and her daughter from Miami own the Mercedes which was given to a Naples businessman to have the vehicle custom painted.

The man moved the Mercedes to a shop in Port Charlotte. He then gave the car to an employee to work on and the employee took it to his Deep Creek home. It was parked in his driveway with the key inside and reported stolen sometime during the early morning hours on November 16.

Detectives are continuing the investigation. If you have information about this case, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).