Thursday, September 21, 2000

3 stolen all-terrain vehicles found

Authorities say such thefts on rise

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Butler County sheriff's deputies were searching Wednesday for whomever stole a trio of all-terrain vehicles from a St. Clair Township home earlier this month.

        The ATVs, valued at a total of $9,000, were found Tuesday in an undeveloped lot on Oxford-Milford Road, north of Sommerville Road.

        While investigating a rash of stolen ATVs, sheriff's deputies received a tip that some ATVs were hidden on the large lot.

        But the property was so large, “to walk it would have been an insurmountable task,” said sheriff's Maj. Anthony Dwyer.

        So deputies came up with an innovative solution: They used the sheriff's helicopter to survey the area — and found the three ATVs almost immediately, Maj. Dwyer said.

        “Without the use of the helicopter, there's a distinct chance we never would've recovered those (ATVs) up there,” he said.

        Recent thefts of ATVs have increased, Maj. Dwyer said.

        “This summer, there seemed to be a lot of people willing to buy "quad-runners' off the street, so that's what the (thieves) are targeting,” he said.

        The man who owned the three recovered vehicles, Philip M. Davidson of the 4200 block of Trenton Road in St. Clair Township, re ported them stolen from an unattached garage sometime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.

        Mr. Davidson, who couldn't be reached for comment, can expect the vehicles returned to him as soon as deputies are able to obtain a court order releasing the property, Maj. Dwyer said.


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