[StBernard] All-terrain vehicle thieves sought in St. Bernard Parish

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Thu Dec 22 20:37:15 EST 2011

All-terrain vehicle thieves sought in St. Bernard Parish

Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 11:57 AM Updated: Thursday,
December 22, 2011, 12:15 PM

By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office has blurry home surveillance footage
that depicts members of an all-terrain vehicle crime ring that has snatched
more than 15 four wheelers in St. Bernard the past several months,
Sheriff-elect James Pohlmann said on Thursday. Sheriff's detectives are
asking the public's help in identifying the men from a theft earlier this
month on Heights Drive in St. Bernard.

The ATVs, some worth as much as $10,000, have been stolen mainly in eastern
St. Bernard and are being transported and sold in other parishes, according
to Pohlmann.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office at
504.271.2501 , or Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 . If
an arrest is made, callers could be eligible for a reward.

In an separate matter, a Chalmette man on Wednesday surrendered after the
Sheriff's Office on Tuesday released a bank surveillance photo of a man
purportedly using a stolen debit card at an ATM machine in St. Bernard.

Sheriff's detectives allege Alexis Martinez, 33, snatched a purse from a
newlywed couple's vehicle on Dec. 10. The victims were married earlier that
day, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Martinez, who denied stealing the card, was booked with auto burglary and
attempted theft after he surrendered in the company of an attorney.

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