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Teenagers charged with stealing an ATV on Craigslist
One Mesa County teen was detained for supposedly stole nine bikes and off-road cars and sold them on Craigslist. Eighteen year-old Stephen Van Ness handed over to the Authorities and was entered into the Mesa County prison Tuesday on suspicions of 17 shipments, includin' larceny by batch of more than $20,000 and first-degree worsened car thievery.
Chief of Police officers said Van Ness stole two bikes and seven ACTVs between December 2008 and February of this year after looking for insecure vehicles around the shire and coming back at nights to thieve them. They were then on Craigslist and supplied to customers all over the state, said Mesa County Sheriff Heather S. Benjamin speaker.
In the meantime, five of the nine cars have been salvaged. Officials said that all cars either didn't need a starter button or the button was already in the engine compartment. It is said that Mr Ness travelled through the countryside and semi-agricultural areas of the earldom to "register" the cars. Then he came back with a transporter specially adapted for the transportation of motorbikes and ATV', according to the affidavits.
There was no conviction for Van Ness. As a reminder to ATV and motorcycle users, the sheriff's offices kept their cars in closed spaces, if possible or from a general viewpoint. In addition, the car owner was asked to keep the keys out of the vehicle and to keep the vehicle identification number.
"When the chassis number is not available when an SUV is taken, the chance of a cure is minimal," Benjamin said.