A vehicle stolen earlier in the week was recovered near Graettinger a couple of days after the theft.
According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, a pickup believed to be the vehicle used in an incident on Monday, Jan. 28, in Mallard, was discovered in the Des Moines River south of Graettinger on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
The pickup, a 2005 Dodge Ram, which had been reported as stolen from the 1500 bock of South Street in Ayrshire in the early morning hours of Jan. 30, is believed by authorities to have been used in connection with a burglary at Sparky's Convenience Store in Mallard on Monday morning.
The vehicle was discovered Wednesday afternoon by a trapper along the west side of Des Moines River in the 2900 block of River Road, or 435 Avenue. The vehicle was driven to the rivers' edge and allowed to go over the riverbank nose first. However the truck did not roll or flip and stayed on its wheels. The truck was not damaged by water, due to low water levels in the river.
The vehicle sustained damage to the front, drivers' side and undercarriage from being driven into the river. However, the pickup also had sustained extensive damage to the rear end when it was discovered.
Authorities believe the rear-end damage was sustained when the vehicle was observed ramming into the west wall of the Sparky's Convenience Store early Monday morning, creating a large hole in the side of the business.
Authorities examined the pickup and various items inside the truck were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation laboratory in Ankeny for study and testing. The investigation into the theft of the truck and its subsequent recovery is continuing. The vehicle sustained an estimated $8,500 in damages in the incidents.