A recent traffic stop by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and social media post has led to the recovery of three all-terrain vehicles that were stolen in Natchitoches and Sabine Parishes according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

The investigation began on Wednesday evening October 21 at approximately 6:41pm, when Sgt. D. Dorsey assigned to the NPSO Patrol Bureau stopped a GMC SUV pulling a trailer loaded with two Honda 4-wheelers on La. Hwy 1 south near La. Hwy 478 south of Natchitoches for a traffic violation.

Deputies also stopped a 1993 Ford pickup truck hauling a red and white dirt bike.

Deputies identified the operators of both vehicles and also ran the all-terrain vehicles and dirt bike through the National Crime Information Center for registration and stolen status.

A NCIC stolen vehicle computer check conducted by NATCOM 911 Center revealed a clear status and no stolen reports on the all-terrain vehicles at that time.

Deputies interviewed both vehicle occupants during the traffic stop conducted drivers license and wanted person checks documenting the information for future reference.

NATCOM 911 Center logs all traffic stops and driver information for informational purposes.

Deputies concluded the stop and allowed both vehicles to leave since there was no probable cause to detain them any further.

Five minutes following the traffic stop, Natchitoches deputies observed a social media post where the announced registered owner of the all-terrain vehicles from Sabine Parish had posted images of the ATVs requesting the public’s help in locating them since they had been stolen from his residence the day before.

Deputies began to look for both the GMC SUV and Ford pickup truck but were unable to locate it that night.

Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau were contacted.

The following morning, NPSO detectives contacted the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office confirming the all-terrain vehicles were reported stolen in Sabine Parish.

A Sabine Parish detective traveled to Natchitoches Parish to assist NPSO detectives in the case.

As the investigation progressed on Wednesday, detectives developed some leads executing a search warrant at a barn site on Crit Gray Road in the Oak Grove community.

During a search of an area around the barn, detectives discovered a 2017 Can-Am Maverick hidden in the woods.

A NCIC Stolen Vehicle Check on the Can-Am revealed a no stolen report, however, deputies were provided with the owner’s name and address in Hagewood, La.

Detectives felt the Can-Am was stolen because it was hidden and it was suspicious in the area it was in.

Detectives did some leg work and traveled to the registered owners residence in Hagewood. While speaking with the owner, they confirmed the Can-AM to be stolen and they were in the process of looking for the paperwork to report it stolen to the NPSO.

The Can-Am was recovered at the scene and transported to a storage location pending pickup by the owner.

Natchitoches and Sabine Parish detectives continued the investigation attempting to locate the two-Honda ATVs and dirt bike.

Shortly thereafter, detectives received information that the stolen all-terrain vehicles were hidden on Moss Hill Terrace Road near Natchitoches.

Natchitoches and Sabine detectives went to an area on Moss Hill Terrace Road where they were able to recover both Honda 4wheelers.

The 4wheelers were recovered and transported to a storage location and later released to Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Detectives to return to the owner.

The dirt bike has not been recovered.

Major Reginald Turner said arrests are pending as the investigation is ongoing into the recent thefts of all-terrain vehicles in and around Natchitoches Parish.

The names of the suspects are currently being withheld.

Detectives remind the public that if you have an all-terrain vehicle to park it in a secure area. Don’t leave them out in plain view for criminals to spot them during the daytime and come back at night to steal it. Keep your registration paperwork in a safe area so it can be accessed quickly if needed.

If you have any information concerning thefts in Natchitoches Parish contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 352-6432 or NPSO Criminal Investigations at 357-7830.

Information or questions concerning this case should be directed to Lt. Jonathan Byles, Major Reginald Turner or Captain Darrel Winder at 318-357-7830.