By STEPHANIE MOJICA
11:07 AM EDT, March 12, 2013
HUSTONVILLE — A Casey County farmer is offering a $1,500 reward in hope it will help him regain possession of two Honda all-terrain vehicles he believes were stolen early Monday.
Between 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday, an unknown person cut the electric fence at Eugene Ellis’ Maxey Valley Road property, said Casey Sheriff Jerry Coffman. Ellis, a farmer in the Hustonville part of Casey County, reported that two ATVs worth $9,000 combined were stolen.
One of the missing vehicles is a 2003 red Honda Rubicon 500 model; the other missing ATV is a 2005 yellow Honda Rancher 400 model.
Ellis is fully funding the $1,500 reward, Coffman said. Casey sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky¿State Police are investigating the reported crime. Coffman believes two or more people likely stole the ATVs and that at least one of them is familiar with Ellis and his farmland.
The theft of ATVs or “four-wheelers” is becoming much more common in Casey and neighboring communities, according to Coffman.
Less than two weeks ago, Liberty farmer Chris Fair reported to law enforcement officers that someone stole a 2002 yellow Honda Foreman 400 ATV from his Sugar Hill Road property. That vehicle is worth at least $2,000.
Coffman believes the theft of four-wheelers has increased because the abuse of prescription drugs and illegal narcotics has steadily risen in central Kentucky.
Four-wheelers can be easily traded or sold among individuals; the vehicles are not as easy to track as traditional motor vehicles or electronics such as laptop computers.
Anyone with information about either theft is asked to call the Casey County¿Sheriff’s Department at (606) 787-6821.
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