Multiple ATVs, Side-by-Sides Stolen in Saline County

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. - There's a business in Saline County that's like a big toy store.

"Everyone wants one," says KB's Outdoor Powersports employee Jeremy Burrus. "It's the trending thing, man."

With wheels like this, a dull moment is difficult to find.

"Average sales today are side-by-sides," says Burrus. "Side-by-sides have really taken over the market especially in this area."

It might be why Saline County deputies say at least 13 side-by-sides and ATVs have been stolen from people's homes in the last few months.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the number isn't bigger," says KB's Outdoor Powersports Owner Shannon Brown.

Authorities with the Saline County Sheriff's Office say a majority of the thefts are in the East End area.

THEFTS OF ATVs AND SIDE-BY-SIDES Over the past few months, the SCSO has seen an increase in the number of thefts...

Posted by Saline County Arkansas Sheriff's Office on Friday, February 17, 2017

"We have a lot of customers that come in asking us to look for things that are stolen," says Brown.

An ATV starts out around $600 but a side-by-side can be sold for up to $20,000.

With the busy season in full throttle and more of these rides sold across the area, Burrus warns new owners that they're not hard for thieves to grab.

"There's not a lot of safety and security features on these things that we have on our automobiles today. There's no security systems, things to that nature, so they're definitely easier to steal," says Burrus.

If you know anything about the thefts, you're asked to call the Saline County Sheriff's Office Crime Tip Hotline at (501) 303-5744.

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