Man arrested in theft of 4-wheelers

An investigation into the thefts of four-wheelers all over the county this month resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly admitted taking some of them.

Dalton Ross, 19, told sheriff’s deputies he “hot wired” three 4-wheelers” while with several other people, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing for Dalton Tuesday.

Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson reported that the thefts started March 4 when a man in the 12000 block of Dollarway Road reported that he was contacted by his brother and told that a 4-wheeler that looked like the one he owned was in a field. When the man went to check, he reportedly found his 4-wheeler, which had damage to the front.

On March 5, deputies were sent to the 2600 block of Whippoorwill where a man reported two motorcycles, a pair of boots and other items missing from his carport, Achorn said, and a 4-wheeler was reportedly taken from a house in the 3100 block of Graves Road.

Jackson reported that deputies were contacted March 6 about a 4-wheeler that was reportedly taken from a house in the 500 block of Hardin Reed Road. The owner told deputies that his girlfriend saw three individuals on the 4-wheeler and identified Ross as the person who was driving the vehicle.

Another 4-wheeler was reported missing March 7 from a house in the 3100 block of Maggie Cove, Achorn said, and when Ross was brought in for questioning, he claimed that he was with a group of men who took the 4-wheelers.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Ross after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with five counts of breaking or entering, and five counts of theft of property.

Ross told the judge he would hire his own attorney, and was instructed to come back to court May 15 at 9 a.m.