Lawrence police hooked a ``keeper'' Friday morning while investigating the report of a partially submerged car on the north bank of the Kansas River.
The black 1993 Grand Am was left there by thieves who ransacked the car after stealing it Thursday night or Friday morning in East Lawrence. Ditched at a riverfront park boat ramp at Eighth and Oak, the car was found in the river, with dirty water covering the tires and halfway up the hood.
The car's owner, Thompson Hornett, 22, told police it was stolen from the 900 block of East 15th between 9 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday. Hornett, who does not have a phone, was unavailable for comment.
Whoever stole the Grand Am, valued at $10,000 on a police report, apparently gained access by smashing a window. The suspect damaged the steering column, stole the stereo and scratched the paint.
Hillcrest Wrecker and Garage towed the car to its lot, 1226 E. 23rd, where the water line stood out, marked by dirt.
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