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Social media tips help ID suspect in ATV thefts

Comments on social media led detectives in Statesville to a business on Mocksville Highway where security cameras captured images of two people riding stolen ATVs into a parking lot. A warrant has been issued for a 16-year-old from Statesville.
Comments on social media led detectives in Statesville to a business on Mocksville Highway where security cameras captured images of two people riding stolen ATVs into a parking lot. A warrant has been issued for a 16-year-old from Statesville. Iredell County Sheriff’s Office

Posts on social media helped the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office identify one of two suspects who walked off with two ATVs from a carport in Statesville.

The posts led detectives to a gas station on Mocksville Highway where security cameras captured images of two people riding similar ATVs into the parking lot. The suspects appear to make a stop at the pump around 7:12 a.m. on the day the vehicles were reported missing.

A warrant has been issued for a 16-year-old from Statesville for two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, according to a report from Sheriff Darren Campbell.

The owner of the four-wheelers posted pictures on social media after the ATVs turned up missing from the 3200 block of Jurney Avenue on Aug. 20. Statesville Police found one of the vehicles on South Greenbriar Road.

Commenters on social media said they had seen two people riding similar ATVs near Mocksville Highway and Bell Farm Road.

A neighbor had told deputies that two people pushed the ATVs down the street around 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 20, but the neighbor could not provide a description of the suspects, Campbell’s report said.

The second vehicle has not been recovered, and a second suspect has not been named. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 704-924-4059.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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