Stolen car recovered from Schuylkill River

21st Century Media photo by Frank Otto Linfield Fire Company’s water rescue unit at the scene Wednesday night after a stolen Chrysler 300 went into the Schuylkill River.

ROYERSFORD — Police, fire and public works crews worked together to recover a car reported stolen that was driven into the Schuylkill River Wednesday night.

Around 5 p.m., a blue Chrysler 300 was observed floating in the Schuylkill River by a man hunting in woods around the Upper Providence/Royersford border, according to Royersford Police.

“It was called in around 5:05 p.m. by a homeowner on Second Avenue who owns the property that backs up to where it (eventually sank),” said Royersford Police Officer Joe Oberholtzer. “He lets people hunt on the land there and someone who was hunting saw the roof floating in the water.”

Oberholtzer said they believe the car was being driven on First Avenue when it went off the road near a boat ramp at the end of Arch Street.

“It was driven off the road, probably inadvertently, by the suspects who might not know the area,” Oberholtzer said.

The car was reported stolen in Philadelphia, he said.

Water rescue units and fire crews responded to the scene and set up a command post near the boat ramp.

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