WPPD investigating burglary at Adventure ATV

Thieves cut the lock on this gate at Adventure ATV and made off with two ATVs valued at almost $50,000.
Staff Writer

More than $50,000 worth of equipment was reported stolen during a recent burglary at Adventure ATV in the Mossy Oak Center in West Point.

Sometime between 10 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 1 a.m. Nov. 15, someone unhooked a custom-made tandem-wheel trailer from a truck, cut the lock off the business' repair and storage yard and made off with a Can Am Defender ATV valued at $23,000 and a customer's Polaris 900 full cab ATV valued at $26,000. The customer's ATV was in the shop for repairs, according to Sonny Jameson, who owns Adventure ATV with his son, Jack.

Jameson says they are able to narrow down the time of the theft because the restaurant in Mossy Oak closes at 9:30 p.m. and police discovered the gate open at about 1 a.m. while officers were on routine security patrol.

"They had some lucky timing. Our security cameras had been out for about two weeks. It was our own fault that we didn't have them back on yet. They just didn't record. We think they must have gone south because none of the businesses with security cameras caught them going north," Jameson said, noting police still are in the process of checking security cameras at businesses to the south.

West Point Police Chief Avery Cook agreed there was likely more than one person involved.

"We don't have any leads at this time," Cook said. "And yes, they were lucky with the cameras not working and everything."

The burglary marked the third time Adventure ATV has been hit in nine months. The first came in February and the second in May when someone broke in and drove at ATV through the back fence.

Anyone with information on the recent theft, is asked to call West Point Police at 662-494-1244 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 800-530-7151.