Southaven man charged after multi-state investigation locates ATV theft ring in Mississippi

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — A Southaven man is facing charges after a Kentucky sheriff’s office found an ATV and car theft ring out of Mississippi.

A resident of State Route 994 between Boaz and the McCracken County and Graves County line reported to the Graves County Sheriffs Office a 2021 Polaris General side by side UTV was stolen from their residence overnight.

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The ATV was valued at over $20,000 dollars, according to officials.

The surveillance video revealed that two people pushed the ATV out of the victim’s yard into a field.

According to a release, the suspects then came back and pulled by hand the victim’s 18-foot utility trailer out to the road, hooking it up to the suspects’ pickup truck. The ATV was then loaded onto the victim’s trailer.

Deputies discovered that one of the pieces of equipment stolen was equipped with an electronic tracking device, a release said.

On Nov. 29, the location of the stolen items was deemed to be at a large conglomeration of buildings (according to GPS data) in Olive Branch, Mississippi, the release said.

Graves County Sheriff Jon Hayden and Det. Snapper Seaton went to Olive Branch and requested the assistance of the Olive Branch Police Department.

According to officials, authorities conducted a search warrant about 3:30 p.m. Monday at a large conglomeration of buildings most all of which were connected but were separate businesses consisting of automotive repair and body shops.

Outside of one of the buildings was located the stolen trailer from KY State Route 994 residence in Graves County.

Detectives found about nine large ATVs that are valued in excess of $20,000 including the stolen Polaris from Graves County, deputies said.

All of the ATVs were found to have been stolen from Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, plus two cars were also recovered that had been stolen from the Memphis area, police said.

At first, about 20 to 25 persons were taken in for questioning by police.

According to Olive Branch Police, Termaine Foster of Southaven was arrested on the scene and charged with nine counts of Receiving Stolen Property.

Foster’s bond was set at $225,000.

According to officials, the investigation continues by multiple law enforcement agencies in Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, along with the Graves County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office.

The release also said:

The significance of this seizure of stolen property indicates this to be a large theft ring being operated in at least four states and the fencing of this stolen property in Olive Branch Mississippi.

The stolen UTV and Trailer were brought back to Graves County late Monday night and returned to the owner.

Stolen ATV Side by Side investigation in Graves County leads to large theft ring being exposed and approximately $200,000 dollars worth of stolen ATVs and vehicles seized in Mississippi.