UPDATE: Abandoned vehicle extracted from Hay Creek was stolen
UPDATE: The Honda Pilot recovered from Hay Creek on Friday, Feb. 10, was reported stolen three days later, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
Insurance Auto Auctions, 29531 Hillside Drive, Wacouta, reported the vehicle stolen Feb. 13 after seeing the crash report and realizing the vehicle was missing from the lot.
The Honda Pilot, worth an estimated $6,000, is the third vehicle stolen from Insurance Auto Auctions in less than a month. On Jan. 31, a Mercedes-Benz worth $11,000 was reported missing, and a 2002 GMC Denali worth $4,000 reported missing on Feb. 14, the Sheriff's Office said.
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Red Wing Police Department received a call shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, that an SUV apparently had gone off Pioneer Road and into Hay Creek.
The vehicle was empty when the department arrived. The Honda Pilot had been there for an undetermined amount of time and both front airbags had deployed.
A Siewert's Garage driver responded with a standard tow truck.
"After the driver arrived on scene and saw the vehicle was on rocks, we decided to bring the rotator," Kyle Siewert said.
The rotator truck, which has a long arm, can lift a vehicle and swing it up and directly onto a flatbed. Using a standard winch to drag the SUV over rocks could have ruptured the fuel tank.
"You don't do any more damage to the environment or the vehicle. You just lift it out of there," he said.
Three Siewert's crew members also placed absorption floats in Hay Creek to catch any potential oil or gas leak.
The rotator truck is primarily used in heavy-duty recoveries such as semi-trailers and trucks, but comes in handy for this type of exaction, he said.