Mississippi Sheriff Investigating ATV Thefts

May 6, 2014

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a string of six four-wheeler thefts in the past two months.

Chief Investigator John Whitaker tells The Brookhaven Daily Leader four thefts occurred in April.

“We had this same problem months ago, but then it stopped,” Whitaker said. “We don’t know why yet, but the exact same type of thefts have started up again.”

He said local thefts have occurred in an area south of U.S. Highway 84 and west of Interstate 55.

Honda four-wheelers, dating back to 2009 on up, have been the primary models stolen, he said.
Whitaker said authorities believe the thieves could be breaking the ATVs down for parts.

“If you have a four wheeler, especially a newer model Honda, I advise caution,” Whitaker said. “Anything that looks out of the ordinary or suspicious, please let us know.”

He said in some cases, the thieves have hitched their vehicle up to trailers with a four-wheeler on top and driven off. He said the thefts have occurred late at night or in the day when the owner wasn’t home.

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