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Truck found in lake believed linked to decade-old crime

April 27, 2020 GMT

FLEETVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A box truck found at the bottom of a northeastern Pennsylvania lake over the weekend is believed to have been used in a crime spree more than a decade ago, authorities said.

On Saturday night, a man on a fishing boat noticed what appeared to be a vehicle in the Benton Township lake in Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County. The vehicle was raised Sunday and was found to be a box truck, with a bed of mud inches thick filling the inside.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that police suspect that the truck is the same one stolen from an electrical contractor in Scott Township. Chief Jared Ganz said investigators believe the truck was then used to steal an ATM from a convenience store the same night.

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Police recovered the ATM, which had been tossed off a bridge in the state park not far from where the truck was spotted, but Ganz said they didn’t suspect that the vehicle had been dumped in the lake. No one was arrested in the robbery. Investigators are examining the truck for clues in the no-longer-cold case.

Ganz said he and his brother organized bass fishing tournaments on Lackawanna Lake, and plenty of anglers have seen what turned out to be the truck — but their fish-finding sonar only revealed a rectangular shape that was assumed to be a fish crib, a man-made refuge for sea creatures common in the lake.

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