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CPSO investigating ring of stolen ATVs, make some recoveries

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Unit has been investigating a ring of stolen ATVs since November, but thanks to a recent tip, they've now recovered at least 10.  

"Once in a while, that link opens up and everything starts falling into place," said Commander Eric Authement with CPSO.

"A gentleman happened to trade up his old four-wheeler for another one and a couple of days wondering why it was such a good deal, he called us and we ran the VIN and found out it was a stolen four-wheeler," Authement said. 

Further investigation led to finding more suspects, each one giving additional information that would help in the discovery of more stolen ATVs throughout Calcasieu Parish. 

"The stories that they have given us to this point have been what we consider truthful," said Authement. "They've told us where they were at, we've recovered some and they call us and tell us."

Sheriff's deputies have made three arrests in connection to the stolen vehicles: Alexander Manning, Cameron Crawford and Cameron Manning.
 
While those arrests have been made, officials are currently in the process of getting arrest warrants for more suspects. 

"Sometimes during an investigation, we have to work with them to get them to work with us," Authement said. 

One recent tip from a suspect led the Sheriff's Office Dive Unit to the Calcasieu River near Goos Ferry Road. Two new Hondas bring the number of recovered four-wheelers in this ring, to 10.

"They came out yesterday with side sonar, located them - basically right where they said they had cut them loose at - about 6-feet apart down in about what they said was 30-35 feet of water," Authement said. 

The two ATVs recovered from the river on Tuesday are the only vehicles recovered from water. Officials say more arrests and more recovered property is possible. 

Officials remind residents that it is a law to register all vehicles, including ATVs. They say that registration makes it easier to identify who stolen property belong to. 

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