Stolen truck pulled from Lake Ellyn

  • A stolen truck attached to a trailer was pulled from Glen Ellyn's Lake Ellyn this morning. No one was inside the truck.

    A stolen truck attached to a trailer was pulled from Glen Ellyn's Lake Ellyn this morning. No one was inside the truck. Photo courtesy/Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company

 
 
Updated 6/4/2011 12:58 PM

A stolen pickup truck and trailer were removed from Glen Ellyn's Lake Ellyn about 7 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Emergency workers led by the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company discovered the truck and attached trailer unoccupied about 4 a.m. in the lake near several homes and Glenbard West High School.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Using sonar equipment, crews of divers from Addison, Warrenville and Winfield determined no one was in the vehicle. Then they began the process of removing it.

"It was a little difficult to get it out of the water because of the angle it went in, and it was up against a concrete outflow valve," said Craig Eldridge, the volunteer fire company's public information officer.

The truck's owner, a concrete and asphalt contractor from unincorporated Glen Ellyn, lives near the pond and was on the scene during much of the removal, Eldridge said. Crews worked to save as much of the equipment in the trailer as possible, as it was only partially submerged.

Eldridge said Glen Ellyn police ran the truck's license plate number and determined the vehicle was stolen.

Glen Ellyn police now are interviewing "several persons of interest" in the case.

At the scene, Eldridge said there were no skid marks and only slight damage to the grass showing the path the truck took from the road to the lake. It had to cross about 100 to 150 feet of grass and a running path before reaching the water, he said.