A vehicle reported stolen last week from Danville High School was found at the bottom of a pond Tuesday afternoon.
Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said his office received tips over the weekend that a blue 2001 Dodge Durango taken from the school had been driven into the Henson Park pond on East Main Street. He said authorities went to the pond to investigate Monday, using a boat from the Danville Public Works Department and a long pole to probe for objects.
Gray said police located the vehicle relatively quickly in a shallow area of the pond, which is used as a resevoir for sludge from the city's water treatment plant. They came back Tuesday around noon with dive team members from the Boyle County Fire Department, who were able to attatch cables to the vehcile so it could be pulled out by a tow truck.
The vehicle was reported stolen Oct. 29 from a maintenance building behind the high school. Ed McKinney, director of pupil personnel and transportation for the school system, said the Durango was used as a courier vehicle to transport mail and other items within the district.
McKinney, who was at the scene Tuesday, said radios were also taken from the maintenance building and some vandalism done to the nearby bus garage.
It appeared whoever took the vehicle may have gone for a joy ride before it ended up in the water. Tire marks in the area indicate the driver did "dough nuts" in the grass near the pond.
Gray said there are suspects in the case.