DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Three four wheelers worth more than $40,000 were stolen and then recovered.
Dougherty County Police now say they hope surveillance video can help track down the thieves.
Police have recovered all three stolen ATVs, but they've yet to determine the three suspects responsible.
Three men are seen on video scoping out some John Deere Gators at Wright's Turf Farm, Saturday morning around two o'clock.
"The total value of all three comes out to about $42,000," said DCP Lt. Steve Mitchum. "They're pretty expensive."
Additional video from the early morning theft gives a better look at one of the suspects driving off in the stolen ATV.
"When they arrived to work Saturday morning, they noticed that three of their 'Gators' were missing," he said.
Lt. Mitchum said it appears the suspects hot wired the ATVs and drove away with them, but it didn't take long before investigators were able to track down some of the stolen property.
At about 9:00 that night, they got information about some ATVs found.
"We went to that location, it was located at 308 Collins Road," said Lt. Mitchum. "You could see there were two Gators parked in the back yard. We made contact with one of the persons that stays there. He gave us permission to check the VIN numbers, and they came back stolen."
He said they spoke with Sekou Mitchell at that home on Collins Road, and Mitchell told police he didn't realize the ATVs were parked there.
"After we located that, we ended up executing a search warrant there at that location," he said. "And once we got inside, we found a couple of handguns, one of which was reported stolen, and some drugs."
Police found three grams of Meth and arrested Sekou Mitchell on theft by receiving stolen property and drug charges. Shortly after that, police found the third stolen ATV.
"Right behind Morningside Elementary School. Actually, the school police recovered it there," said Lt. Mitchum. "Supposedly, a caller informed them that they saw three subjects on that vehicle, they overturned it on that property, and left it."
He said all three ATVs were damaged.
If you have any information about those three men seen in the surveillance video, or about those three John Deere Gators, call Dougherty County Police Department at 229-430-6600 or Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS.
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