- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (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 tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse (https://bit.ly/2dOgVll ) that Robert Kimball, of Chittenango, has been charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident.

Deputies say 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. It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer.

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