Officers with Perth County OPP almost caught up with a man who stole an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 27 from the Perth East hamlet of Kinkora. The man eventually abandoned the ATV southwest of Sebringville, but thick fog impeded the officers’ in their search for the culprit.
Shortly before 7 a.m., officers were dispatched to a suspicious ATV that was observed stopped in a ditch outside Kinkora, northeast of Mitchell. As officers were proceeding to the location of the ATV, a call was received from a Kinkora resident advising their ATV had been stolen and that he was following it.
The resident reported that he lost sight of the ATV due to the thick fog. Officers followed the sound of the ATV and the tracks it had left behind.
Numerous sightings of the ATV led officers to a location five concessions south of Kinkora. The undamaged yellow Suzuki ATV was discovered in a drainage ditch near the hydro corridor between Line 29 and Line 32, southwest of Sebringville.
The male suspect could not be located.
The ATV has now been returned to its owner.
Investigation revealed that the suspect used a bicycle to travel to the area from which the ATV was stolen. Perth County OPP is continuing the investigation, and are requesting anyone who observed a male on a bicycle in the Kinkora area at the time of the theft to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.