Unexpected catch: Fisherman finds 3 stolen cars submerged in Howard County creek

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GREENTOWN, Ind. – A fisherman made an unexpected catch this week in Greentown—several stolen vehicles.

According to Greentown Town Marshal Jeff Bennett, a fisherman found the vehicles Tuesday in Wildcat Creek. They included two cars and a pickup truck.

"It is not a game to take peoples cars and dump them into Wildcat Creek," says Chief Deputy Marshall of Greentown Police James Skinner.

Over the past month, police have had four cars reported stolen. One of them was found in a muddy ditch Sunday.

How did the vehicles get in the creek? Bennett said he believed someone put them in gear and let them go right into the water.

Debbie McClain is one of the Greentown residents who watched in horror as her stolen car was pulled up from the muck of the river, completely totaled. She is out at least $5,000.

"I hope they have to pay and then realize all of the damage they have do to us because this is not a fun game. This is my livelihood," says McClain.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Department said the thieves were likely looking for specialized car parts and radios. The investigation is still in the early stages, but police said people should keep their vehicles locked to prevent similar thefts.

Anyone with information should call the Greentown Police Department at 765-628-3434 or the Howard County Sheriff’s Department 765-457-1105.