Alabama authorities uncover ATV chop shop ring

Publish Date: 
Feb 11, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. – Coffee County authorities believe they have shut down an ATV chop shop ring in a tri-state area headquartered in the community of Goodman.

A months-long investigation by the Sheriff’s Department led to one arrest Saturday on charges of receiving stolen property in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Coffee County Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth said more arrests are expected.

“There’s a lot of information that we can’t put out there right now,” Whitworth told the Dothan Eagle. “It’s so big and spread out. We don’t know how deep it goes.”

ATVs from Opp, New Brockton and Dothan have gone missing in the past few months. A warranted search on a home and garage Saturday morning turned up at least two stolen and partially dismantled vehicles.

Deputies investigating the case had been following Facebook, eBay and Craislist where individuals were selling quad components, some matching the make and model of one that had been reported stolen in Coffee County.

“We’ve been watching this place. Facebook just backed up what we already knew. It just confirmed a lot of information,” Whitworth said. “There will be more (arrests) coming, I’m sure, as more are reported stolen. We found one that was not been reported at the time, but since then has been. You’d be surprised how many people don’t know their serial numbers.”

Posted by Holly Wagner