Po­lice: Man ditched SUV in pond to avoid pay­ments

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

CHITTENANGO (AP) >> Au­thor­i­ties say a 54-year-old cen­tral New York ditched his SUV in a pond, then lied to po­lice by claim­ing that the ve­hi­cle had been stolen from his res­i­dence.

Madi­son County sher­iff’s deputies told The PostS­tan­dard of Syracuse that Robert Kim­ball, of Chittenango, has been charged with third-de­gree falsely re­port­ing an in­ci­dent.

Deputies said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing an at­tempted home break-in in Septem­ber when a neigh­bor ad­vised po­lice that his ve­hi­cle was miss­ing. That touched off a search, and the ve­hi­cle, an all-wheel-drive 2008 Hum­mer, was sub­se­quently dis­cov­ered in a pond just north of Syracuse.

Deputies de­ter­mined through an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that Kim­ball in­ten­tion­ally sub­merged the Hum­mer in the pond to avoid loan pay­ments.

He’s due in court Nov. 1.

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