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Someone stole a car in Franklin — and ended up driving it into a retention pond on the County Grounds in Wauwatosa.

The incident was reported to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department at 5:42 a.m. Monday, April 24 by a citizen who spotted the vehicle. An arriving officer found the car partially submerged in the pond located north of the intersection of Watertown Plank Road and 87th Street.

After determining that there were not any people in the vehicle, the Sheriff's deputies ran the plates, determined the origin of the vehicle and handed over the incident to the Franklin Police Department.

According to Franklin Police Detective Joseph Spak, his department "processed the car" to see if there is any evidence of who stole it. Upon completion of the investigation Franklin police called N & S Towing of West Allis to pull the car out of the pond and tow it to the N & S lot.

The pond is owned by Milwaukee County and was built on the site of a former softball field that was known as the "Pig Farm." Milwaukee Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn said the pond was created to minimize flooding and improve the quality of storm water before it flows into the Menomonee River.

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