Tow truck pulls SUV, possibly stolen, out of Carter Lake

Tow truck pulls SUV, possibly stolen, out of Carter Lake
World-Herald News Service

A tow truck pulled an SUV, possibly stolen, out of Carter Lake on Tuesday morning after Omaha police investigated a report that a vehicle may have veered into the water.

Around 4:35 a.m., an Omaha police officer told Douglas County 911 dispatchers that it appeared that a vehicle was in the lake near 809 Carter Lake Shore Drive West. The officer had spotted tire tracks leading into the lake.

The address, just south of Cornish Boulevard, is on the Nebraska side of Carter Lake.

Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick said an Omaha Fire Department boat equipped with sonar was brought in. Fire crews determined that a vehicle indeed was submerged in at least eight to 10 feet of water.

A crew left a floating marker anchored about 20 yards offshore.

Around 7:10 a.m., a large tow truck arrived, parking parallel along the shore near the floating marker.

A fire department truck arrived at the scene about 7:30 a.m. with divers in wet suits. The divers entered the lake where the floating marker had been left and attached tow straps to the submerged vehicle. Minutes later, the tow truck pulled a white 2007 Saturn SUV out of the water.

The SUV had been in the water so long that the operation was considered a recovery and not a rescue effort, Fitzpatrick said.

Divers confirmed that the vehicle was empty, he said.

Fitzpatrick said the SUV may have been stolen and dumped in the lake.

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