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Stolen tractor-trailer driven into lake

Monday, June 5, 2006

Shortly before 7 a.m. Friday, a resident at Lake Brazilian Estates called the Brazil City Police Department to report a semi tractor-trailer with a 48-foot fuel tanker was partially submerged in the pond just east of the back parking lot of the First Christian Church (see pictures).

Patrolmen arrived on the scene to find the keys in the ignition and no one around.

Stolen sometime late Thursday evening or early Friday morning, the semi belongs to Hunter Oil Company, located at 217 S. Chicago St.

A wrecker from Curtis Towing was called to the scene to remove the vehicle from the pond.

To insure the pond was not contaminated during the incident, the vehicle was inspected for damaged fuel tanks. It was determined that the semi's gas tanks and the fuel tanker were sealed and no fuel leaked into the pond. After a thorough check of the engine, it was reported there was no considerable oil leakage.

Throughout Friday afternoon, reports linking the semi tractor trailer to erratic driving, damaged road signs and mail boxes being knocked down over night have come in from various locations around the county.

"It appears that who ever took it, went on a joy ride," Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said.

Further details are unavailable due to the ongoing investigation by the Brazil City Police Department. If you have any information about this case, or any others, please call 446-2211.

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