Juvenile arrested in connection with ATV thefts


Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a 16-year-old Natchitoches juvenile in connection with the theft of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) from private property in the Grand Ecore area.
On Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 5:50 p.m. deputies responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of the theft of a red 2005 Honda 350 ATV in the 1900 block of La. Hwy 6 East during the night of Aug. 29.
Detectives learned through sources and video evidence that a suspicious gray Chevrolet SUV pulling a utility trailer had been seen in the area.
On Sept. 1, detectives identified and obtained a license plate number on the vehicle.
The week prior, that vehicle was seen by an off-duty deputy and concerned citizens on La. Hwy 495 in Cloutierville.
Deputies stopped, identified and documented the names of the occupants in the vehicle during that time.
Detectives later contacted the parent of the juvenile and learned through their cooperation that the juvenile brought an ATV home to the City of Natchitoches Sept. 3.

This article published in the Sept. 22, 2022, print edition.

A search of the property discovered the stolen Honda 350 ATV in the backyard covered with a tarp.
Detectives retrieved the ATV and transported it to the Natchitoches Detention Center for safe-keeping until the owner could be notified.
The juvenile was transported to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau, administered Miranda warnings, interviewed in the presence of parents and charged with Theft over $1,000.
The juvenile was released to parents pending a juvenile court appearance.
Deputies continue to advise the public to keep your ATVs and other valuable outdoor equipment secured in well-lit secure areas or shops with surveillance video if possible.  Keep your vehicle identification and serial numbers available in case of theft.
Detectives have learned through sources that thieves are riding around communities in the daytime spotting ATVs and other outdoor equipment left out in plain sight then returning late at night to steal them Detectives ask if you suspicious activity (something not ordinary) in your community to contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 352-6432 or 357-7851.  Provide descriptions of persons or vehicles when calling complaints in.
Case Agent: Detective Cpt. D. Winder