Parks worker indicted after dealer's loaner ATV found in garage

Publish Date: 
Jul 24, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A former county parks employee has been indicted on one count of receiving stolen property for allegedly having a Polaris RZR on loan from Big Country Powersports in his garage.

The Warren County grand jury indicted the man Wednesday on a charge of receiving stolen property valued at $500 or more but less than $10,000, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Big Country Powersports loaned two red, 2013 Polaris RZR 570 models to the BG Gauntlet Mud Run at Phil Moore Park over the weekend of July 13, 2013. Both ATVs disappeared between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 14, 2013. 

Warren County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Robinson said his department received a tip on the whereabouts of the units in January this year. “We went out there and located one in the garage,” he said. The vehicle identification number on the Polaris deputies found matched that of one of the vehicles The suspect’s attorney, David Cole Jr., disputes that his client knew the vehicle was stolen.

“He purchased the ATV, and he was provided with a receipt,” Cole said. 

The suspect spotted the ATV with a “for sale” sign on it in the back of a truck at a business parking lot, approached the seller, and the two agreed on a $3,000 purchase price Dec. 11, 2013, Cole said. He was given a handwritten receipt, number 665432, from Mohammad ATVs for a 2010 green RZR 800.

“My client is not experienced in regard to ATVs or what I call a side-by-side ATV such as a RZR. He purchased it in good faith,” Cole said. “My client doesn’t have any history of stealing or anything like that. He’s really been punished severely for at worst being tricked by somebody named Mohammad. Generally, when someone gives you a receipt when you are purchasing an ATV, you can count on the seller being legitimate.” 

The suspect’s bond on the indictment is set at $5,000 unsecured. As of Friday, he had not been booked into the Warren County Regional Jail.

From the Dealernews wires