September 3, 2009

Rock theft foiled by river

Police in Kansas said two men attempting to steal landscaping rocks were foiled when the load shifted and their truck sank into the Arkansas River.

Lt. Guy Schroeder said the brown Ford Explorer was backed up to the river next to the Keeper of the Plains sculpture in Wichita just before 1:20 a.m. Thursday while the men loaded limestone landscaping rocks into the truck, The Wichita Eagle reported Thursday.

Schroeder said the load shifted once the men had 12 rocks inside, causing the truck to roll backward into the river.

Investigators said an address linked to the truck is apparently in the process of front yard landscaping. Police said no arrests have yet been made, but they have identified a 45-year-old suspect.