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September 9, 2013

Foot chase leads to stolen ATVs

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A foot chase led to the recovery of two ATVs on Friday in the Town of Royalton, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

A Tonawanda Creek Road man told deputies he was awoken at about 4 a.m. by the sound of his dog barking. When the man went to see what the dog was barking at, he reportedly saw an unknown person wearing a ski mask looking into his window.

The man went outside, yelling at the masked man that he had a gun and he would use it. He saw the masked man again and chased the person, eventually catching up with him near the roadway.

According to the incident report, the masked man said he was out riding his all-terrain-vehicle which had broken down. The Tonawanda Creek Road man said he didn't believe the story and called the police. The masked individual reportedly responded, "I haven't touched your property," and took off east on Tonawanda Creek Road.

The victim and a relative checked the area in a vehicle, as did deputies when they arrived. The masked person was not found.

But the victim went back and checked his property finding two ATVs located about 140 feet north of the roadway. Deputies said the vehicles appeared to be concealed on purpose, hidden in the very tall grass on the property.

The ATVs, a yellow 2008 Can-Am Renegade 500 and a blue 2002 Yamaha Raptor 660R were found to be owned by a Saunders Settlement man in the Town of Niagara. Together, the ATVs were a reported $9,500.

While an initial search did not find any report of the ATVs being stolen, a 911 call to Lewiston Police did show up, where the owner reported the ATVs missing.

The owner claimed the ATVs, which were fueled up. One had a flat tire and the other a dead battery. The masked man was described as about 6-feet tall and possibly in his 20s.