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“Never seen anything like this:” Stolen SUV ends up in retention pond in Kenosha, spills fuel into water

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KENOSHA -- Officials are investigating after a stolen vehicle ended up in a retention pond near 75th and Green Bay Road in Kenosha. The incident was reported around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, August 11th by a semi driver.

"We immediately began an operation around the vehicle with surface rescue," Matthew Haerter, battalion chief with the Kenosha Fire Department said.

Officials say the tan SUV was reported stolen from a resident of Pleasant Prairie on Wednesday night, August 10th.  A wrecker pulled it out of the retention pond as divers got suited up Thursday morning.

Stolen SUV ends up in retention pond in Kenosha, spills fuel into water

"I have never seen anything like this before," Stephanie Brecheisen said.

Officials with the Kenosha Fire Department did not find anyone in the vehicle. The Kenosha Dive Team searched the pond to ensure it was clear. No one was found.

Brecheisen works the overnight shift at the Meijer store in Kenosha.

Stolen SUV ends up in retention pond in Kenosha, spills fuel into water

"I was more curious about what was going on and if anyone was hurt," Brecheisen said.

Hazmat crews worked to contain the fuel that spilled from the vehicle. The DNR responded to the scene because of the potential environmental impact.

"We have our water utility here making sure none of that spills into the rest of the environment and the Department of Natural Resources is also involved," Haerter said.

Stolen SUV ends up in retention pond in Kenosha, spills fuel into water

Stolen SUV ends up in retention pond in Kenosha, spills fuel into water

Each time the divers came out of the water, they were completely hosed down. Fire officials said that was due to the large amount of gasoline in the water that leaked from the vehicle as well as possibly some oil.

"It looks as if the vehicle had, not only a large amount of fuel in the tank, but probably had some spare gas tanks within it. Unfortunately that leaked out into the water," Haerter said.

As Brecheisen watched, she said she hoped police would catch the person or persons responsible for stealing the SUV.

"I hope whoever`s car it is -- they get it back," Brecheisen said.

Stolen SUV ends up in retention pond in Kenosha, spills fuel into water

Fire officials hoped to have the pond cleaned up before the rain moved in Thursday to prevent further contamination.

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4 comments

  • Klaatu

    No real story here. The kid that borrowed the vehicle without the owner’s consent probably tried to return it bu the owner didn’t want it back…. so the kid just ditched it. Being an honest citizen he didn’t want to sell a vehicle that wasn’t titled to him…………………..he already get enough entitlements.

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  • Ashamed to live here

    The whole area is going to hell in a hand basket. Break-ins and car thefts are through the roof. I live in kenosha, and clowns are ransacking cars everywhere. Another fine example of crappy parenting- which is abundant nowadays

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