Car stolen in Suffolk found underwater in Chesapeake

Published 10:11 pm Thursday, March 22, 2012

A vehicle reported stolen from Suffolk was found almost completely submerged in the western branch of the Elizabeth River on Thursday morning.

A citizen called police about 7:17 a.m. to say they could see a vehicle in the water behind the Lake Ahoy subdivision located off the 4000 block of Airline Boulevard.

Police and fire personnel responded and could see the roof of a vehicle in the water about 15 feet from the shore. It appeared as if the vehicle had been there for several hours, according to a news release from a Chesapeake Police spokesman.

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The Norfolk Police Department dive team responded and helped with the search and recovery of the vehicle. It was removed from the water and found to be unoccupied.

A registration check revealed the 1997 Ford two-door was recently reported stolen from Suffolk late Wednesday or early Thursday. The theft is under investigation.