Meridian Star

December 28, 2013

Law officers: ATV thefts on rise in SW Miss, SE La

The Associated Press
Associated Press

MCCOMB, Miss. — Southwest Mississippi law enforcement officials say thefts of all-terrain vehicles are on the rise.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1aa4jve ) that nine such thefts have been reported this year in Amite County, 16 in Pike County and eight in Lincoln County. Few have been recovered.

Pike County Chief Investigator Bruce Fairburn says all the counties around Pike, and bordering parishes in Louisiana, are all reporting big increases in ATV thefts.

He urges owners to record serial numbers, take photos and secure their vehicles properly.

Lincoln County Chief Investigator John Whitaker says he believes a small ring of thieves may be working in the area.

Investigators say the increase began with the start of hunting season, with another spike in the holiday season.