Two teens charged with grand larceny

Published 12:07 am Saturday, April 18, 2015

NATCHEZ — Two Adams County men have been arrested on charges they participated in some way in the theft or re-sale of several all terrain vehicles over the last few weeks.

Cleophus Robinson Jr., 18, and Stacy Shelton Woods Jr., 18, were both arrested on a charge of grand larceny of personal property early Friday morning.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Maj. Ricky Stevens said the ACSO has received reports of theft of six 4-wheeler ATVs in the last two weeks.

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“They were stolen out of people’s driveways, and some of them were even taken off of trailers,” Stevens said. “In one case they took the four-wheeler and a 5-by-8 (foot) trailer.”

According to reports at the ACSO, a deputy patrolling in the area of Phillip West Road passed a vehicle with no tag and an ATV in the back. The deputy recognized the ATV as matching the description of one that had been reported missing, reports said.

After stopping the truck, the 16-year-old driver told the deputy the ATV belonged to Robinson, who walked up to the scene and told the deputy he’d purchased the ATV that morning for $1,500.

After an investigator spoke with the suspect, “it kind of snowballed,” Stevens said.

The report says Robinson allegedly told investigators he had another ATV hidden on Phillip West Road.

By the end of the night, investigators had recovered six of the missing vehicles at locations around the county, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said, and are still looking for a missing utility trailer.

“This shows that patrolling and being out in the community works, and that we have a good system in place where (deputies) can check what has happened in the last few days and be aware of what is going on out there,” he said.

The matter remains under investigation, and Mayfield said three more arrests are anticipated.

Robinson and Woods were detained without bond Friday.