Mul­ti­ple ATVs stolen in Car­bon­earVic­to­ria area

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Al­most half a dozen all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATVs) were stolen last week in Carbonear and Vic­to­ria, ac­cord­ing to Har­bour Grace RCMP.

Staff Sgt. Harold Gale told The Com­pass one of the ATVs was aban­doned af­ter those who took it ap­par­ently had trou­ble start­ing it. Po­lice have re­turned it to the owner.

It’s not un­usual. It’s all across the prov­ince, re­ally. — Staff Sgt. Howard Gale

“I guess they tried to start it, couldn’t get it started, and just left it,” Gale said, adding there was some dam­age to the ig­ni­tion.

A search war­rant was also ex­e­cuted in Tors Cove, which led to the re­cov­ery of more ATVs. At least one of the ATVs stolen last week was sub­se­quently found in the woods near Lady Lake Road in Har­bour Grace.

Ac­cord­ing to Gale, these sorts of cases come and go.

“There will be a rash of these types of things, and we’ll find out who is re­spon­si­ble and charge them, and then it will stop. It’s not un­usual. It’s all across the prov­ince, re­ally.”

Gale would ad­vise res­i­dents to take ex­tra pre­cau­tions when it comes to stor­ing such ve­hi­cles.

“You’ll want to keep the ATVs se­cured, keep them in a locked build­ing, and don’t make it too easy. Don’t leave the key with them. Take the key with you. And if it does hap­pen to be stolen, it would be nice if you knew your se­rial num­ber. It may help us to re­cover it at some point in time.”

If in­door stor­age is not an op­tion, Gale rec­om­mends chain­ing an ATV to an im­mo­bile ob­ject.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the stolen ATVs can con­tact Har­bour Grace RCMP at 709-596-5014 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

This Po­laris Sports­man 500 H.O. Tour­ing all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle was stolen in Vic­to­ria overnight Tuesday.

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