OREGON COUNTRY -- Officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Office and the Alton Police Department have recovered six ATVs, believed to be stolen from Howell County, at various locations across Oregon County.
The recovery comes after an extensive investigation by both departments. Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward said the investigation is ongoing and the officers will continue to probe into the numerous thefts of these type of vehicles. He said the six ATVs recovered were originally from Willow Springs, West Plains and rural Howell County. The sheriff said several more are still missing
"Anyone who has purchased an ATV in the past three years at a greatly reduced price or without a title should contact our office to verify whether or not the ATV is on the stolen list. Any person found in possession of stolen property will be prosecuted," Ward said.
He added that anyone with property in question can bring it by his office and it will be checked free of charge. Anyone who has any information should contact the sheriff's department or the Alton Police Department at 417-778-6611.
Ward said receiving stolen property is when a person acquires property for consideration which he knew was far below a reasonable value. This crime is a misdemeanor unless the property involved is worth more than $500.