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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini believes the arrest of three juveniles may be linked to a large theft ring.

Donini said Scioto County Sheriff detectives and deputies along with assistance from officers of The Juvenile Probation Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol were conducting an investigation into a criminal group which consists partially of juveniles, concerning the theft of ATVs all over the county. They were also the main suspects in stealing Valley Schools’ John Deere Gator. Detectives arrested three juveniles for various charges and one for the theft of Valley Schools’ John Deere Diesel Gator which had been stolen sometime between Sunday and Tuesday from school property.

According to Donini, on Wednesday a Scioto County Sheriff’s detective received an anonymous call that the suspects involved had in their possession a John Deere Gator, and had been seen riding it on the roadways in the Lucasville area. The detective checked reports but none had come in for a John Deere Gator.

On Thursday the detective remembered seeing a Diesel John Deere Gator at Valley Schools recently, which is close to the suspect’s residence. Donini said the detective got a hold of school officials who checked and stated that, in fact, one of their buildings had been broken into and they were missing a Diesel John Deere Gator.

The detective contacted Scioto County Juvenile Probation and they went to the home of one of the suspects. A search of the home revealed three juveniles who were wanted. Officers of The Ohio State Highway Patrol, who were assisting, searched the wooded area by the residence and discovered the stolen Gator hidden on a trail in a thicket, while a part to the Gator was discovered in the residence.

All three juveniles were placed under arrest and turned over the Juvenile Probation Office.

Donini said anyone with information about the case should contact Detective Denver Triggs at 740-355-8245. All calls are kept confidential.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT

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