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June 20, 2013

Divers fish stolen truck from river

NEW CASTLE — A stolen truck was fished out of the Mahoning River following a tip from a fisherman.

North Beaver Township police and volunteer fire department, the New Castle Fire Department dive team and Brandon Rishel of the Lawrence County Dive Team were called in after a fisherman had seen a submerged vehicle Monday. Pennsylvania state police also were at the scene during the salvage.

North Beaver Police Chief Mark Pelto said the truck was found directly under the Route 376 bridge that crosses the Mahoning River, adjacent to Covert Road.

The 1995 pickup truck apparently had been driven into the water from a railroad service road that parallels the river.

Pelto said no one was in the truck and nothing of value was found in it.

“We got the call about 5:30 p.m.,” he said. “By the time we got it out and everything cleared up, it was 9 p.m.”

Pelto said the truck was pulled from the river by Dell’s Towing, and taken to Dell’s Garage on West Washington Street.

The vehicle had belonged to a North Beaver Township resident, who had sold the truck to C&V Auto Salvage in Mahoningtown, Pelto said.

“They junked the truck. It was reported stolen from the salvage yard last Monday” Pelto added there were no registration plates on the vehicle.

The truck had been totally submerged, he noted, “But the bed liner popped up. That’s apparently what the fisherman saw.”

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