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$40K driven off Redding ATV lot, recovered

Published On: Feb 21 2014 09:24:49 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 21 2014 09:30:02 PM CST
Stolen ATVs recovered

A tip on social media set off an in-the-air search by a Redding CHP plane, netting a pair of stolen ATVs and a suspect.

"We love citizen involvement," stated Officer Shon Hill with Redding CHP.

CHP praised the tipster who spotted the hot off-road vehicles.

"As a result, we have one person in custody," explained Hill.

Investigators report the man they caught and cuffed isn’t from the Northstate.

"He is out of Medford, Oregon," said Hill.

The boys in beige uncovered the hidden ATVs in a backyard of a home on Oak Street in Cottonwood, around 9:30 Friday morning.

"Two quad-runners, or ATVs, that were stolen out of the city of Redding from the previous two nights," said Hill.

The pair of off-road vehicles were stolen off the Redding Yamaha Sea Doo lot, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“Yeah, thank god for Facebook and the gentleman who called us and tipped us off because that was a big, big help," explained the owner of Redding Yamaha Sea Doo, Steve McCarley.

McCarley was thrilled to be able to drive his stolen property back to his shop, and turn his focus back to making a sale.

“They're worth 20-grand, or excess of that, so a pretty expensive deal. I’m just really, really thankful. These guys did a great job today," said McCarley.

As for the suspect who was taken into custody, CHP said he is currently looking at vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

More charges are possible as the investigation unfolds.