Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


September 24, 2012

Property stolen in May recovered and returned to owner

RUSK —  Investigators Friday recovered a trailer and an ATV reported stolen in May.

Det. Joey Ray with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department received an anonymous tip from a passerby, who was reportedly riding his horse through a wooded area between FM 241 and County Road 2404, south of Rusk.

Ray said the 16-foot flatbed trailer and black 2006 Arctic Cat 4X4 ATV were found together in a cleared area underneath a power line in the woods.

Investigators recovered the property around 9 a.m. and the owner took it home around 2 p.m.

He said parts of the ATV were removed and strewn about the woods, and the machine appears to have been there for a long time and may not run anymore.

“He was glad,” Ray said. “He didn't think he would ever get it back. I told him, 'You never know, sometimes we get them back, and sometimes we don't.'”

Ray said the ATV was stolen out of its owner's yard on FM 752 between 8 p.m. on May 3 and 10 a.m. on May 4.

“They hooked up to the trailer and took the whole thing,” Ray said.

It was recovered about four miles from where it was taken. Ray said he believes it was taken into the wooded area from FM 241, but is unsure of why it was left out in the elements.

“What it looks like is someone drove off with it and drove through a thicket,” he said. “I don't know if they were in the process of stripping it and left it. It was probably there ever since a couple of days (after it was taken).”

Ray said investigators believe the theft of the recovered ATV and trailer is tied to a theft on the same street during the same time frame in May.

He said that a 2011 green Honda Rubicon ATV was stolen from a location abotu two miles from this homeowner on FM 752. According to reports, it went missing between 6 p.m. on May 3 and 8 a.m. on May 4, and was believed to have been loaded onto a truck and taken. It has not been recovered.

The department is asking anyone with information on either theft to call the department at 903-683-2271.


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