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Sheriff: ATV thefts are linked

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QUITMAN COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  Investigators with the Quitman County Sheriff's Office in Georgia and the Barbour County Sheriff's Office in East Alabama are searching for a group of men they believe is responsible for stealing ATVs and 4 wheelers from a number residents' driveways.

"I know in surrounding counties, there's been at least a dozen or more stolen here in the last three weeks besides the thefts we've had here. We've been in contact with several more agencies and we're starting to pool information," said Eddie Ingram, Chief Deputy of the Quitman County Sheriff's Department.

Barbour County Sheriff Leroy Upshaw believes the cases are connected.

Authorities have set their sights on three suspects who use bold methods.

"All of these were stolen under people's garages or in their yards. What they'll do is pull up and knock on the door. If someone come to the door, they'll ask for directions or pretend to be looking for someone," Ingram said.

If no one's home, police say the thieves seize the opportunity. It's a common criminal M. O. that's costing victims thousands.

"We know these are adults. We'd like to urge that if you see somebody stealing your property or your neighbor's property please call the police. Don't try to take matters into your own hands because these guys could be dangerous if they're approached or encountered," added Ingram.

If you own this type of equipment, police say secure it, take pictures and record the VIN numbers.

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