Fourth man arrested on ATV theft charges
Sunday, July 21, 2013
A fourth man has been arrested and a juvenile is in custody as part of a string of all-terrain vehicle thefts reported recently to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies reported Caleb Matthew Debrodie, 19, Fulton, was arrested at 3:48 a.m. Friday on felony charges of stealing a motor vehicle and attempting to steal a motor vehicle.
After three other Callaway County men were jailed earlier in the week on various other ATV theft charges, Debrodie was arrested along with previously arrested Ethan D. Lomas, 18, Fulton, and Dylan S. Sanford, 19, Tebbetts.
The latest arrest of Debrodie came in connection with a reported theft on July 11 of an ATV from the 9000 block of Platinum Drive in New Bloomfield.
Deputies reported the victim said someone also tried to start a second ATV but was unsuccessful. The stolen ATV was recovered later in a creek off State Road BB in Callaway County.
Debrodie also was arrested on another stealing charge in which he, Lomas and a 15-year-old Fulton juvenile, who is now in Juvenile Justice Center custody in Columbia, are accused of stealing a cattle fence charger and a posthole digger in New Bloomfield on July 11. Both stolen items have been recovered by deputies.
The other person arrested earlier in the week on ATV theft charges was Joshua A. Sartin, 18, Holts Summit.
Deputies reported the series of ATV thefts began when they received a report at 7 a.m. July 11 of an abandoned ATV still running after a wheel broke off, disabling the vehicle.
South Callaway Fire Protection District volunteer firefighters were called to the scene of an unrelated accident. They reported to deputies that they observed two young men riding ATVs approaching the scene of the accident. When they saw law enforcement officers at the accident scene, they turned around quickly and attempted to leave rapidly, but the wheel of one of the ATVs fell off. The driver got off the still-running disabled ATV and hopped on the other ATV. The two sped away, traveling south on County Road 438.
About 45 minutes later, deputies received a report of a burglary on County Road 470 near Mokane. The stolen ATV was the one that was disabled on County Road 438.
In the course of the investigation, deputies believe Lomas was driving the ATV that lost the wheel and Sanford was driving the other ATV, a Polaris 500.
Deputies also allege Lomas stole the ATV and motor fuel from a farm on County Road 470.
On July 13, deputies received a report of an ATV found in the lake at Camp Potawatomi on Bartley Lane in Fulton.
The owner of the ATV was identified, who said the ATV had been stolen from a farm on County Road 438.
A witness reported seeing Lomas operating the ATV at Camp Potawatomi. An investigation leads deputies to believe Lomas and Sanford stole the ATV.
Last Tuesday, deputies responded to a burglary complaint in Tebbetts. Reported stolen were two ATVs, motor fuel in a tank, and a dolly.
Deputies contacted the owner of a suspicious truck spotted earlier at the scene of the burglary. The owner of the truck, who was not arrested, denied any knowledge of the burglary.
Deputies believe all of the suspects went to the farm in Tebbetts to steal fuel for the truck they were using. The stolen fuel turned out to be diesel, which disabled the gasoline-powered truck found at the scene of the Tebbetts burglary.
Those arrested in connection with the Tebbetts theft include Sartin, Lomas, Sanford and the 15-year-old juvenile from Fulton, who is now in juvenile court custody.
The two stolen ATVs from the Tebbetts farm were recovered later near County Road 435 south of Fulton.
Three of the four arrested men have been released on bond. Lomas was reported in jail Friday evening with his bond set at $48,000. Debrodie was released on $14,000 bond; Sartin is out on $10,000 bond; and Sanford was released on $14,000 bond.
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