An investigation into an alleged ATV theft ring has resulted in a search warrant served Tuesday at a second suspected "chop shop," with more stolen ATVs and motorcycles located, as well as methamphetamine and meth lab components.
Four people were arrested Tuesday in connection with this suspected "chop shop," according to Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. FCSO wasn’t releasing their names Tuesday afternoon or the location of this second alleged criminal enterprise other than somewhere in Faulkner County. FCSO personnel had said earlier Tuesday that five were arrested.
On Monday, FCSO and other agencies searched a Pulaski County property at 14026 Fortson Road, recovering five intact ATVs, seven stripped ATV frames and hundreds of parts, tools and other equipment, all of it suspected stolen. Two men were arrested in Lonoke County Monday in relation to this property.
Maj. Andy Shock of FCSO said Tuesday that more arrests are expected in what he described as a "very professional" operation encompassing both locations, and possibly more.
Shock described the "chop shop" uncovered Tuesday as having a paint booth and homemade shelves loaded with labeled, organized ATV parts and accessories, all of them suspected to have been stolen from Faulkner, Lonoke, White and Pulaski counties.
These busts both stemmed from an investigation into a stolen Polaris Ranger ATV recovered Aug. 18 in Faulkner County. The two men seen by a deputy riding in this ATV fled on foot, leaving behind evidence in the form of the vehicle itself and several stolen chain saws. Shock said Tuesday that it was these two men who were arrested Monday in Lonoke County.
(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)