Two arrests made in series of ATV thefts


A cooperative investigation of the Sheriff’s Offices of Spalding and Fayette counties has resulted in the arrest of two men related to a series of ATV thefts.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, the thefts occurred in western Spalding County and Fayette County.

Arrested were Michael Edward Roberts, of Griffin, and Eric O’Conner, of Forest Park.

Each have been charged with theft by taking.

O’Conner posted a $23,000 bond and was released from the Spalding County Jail.

Roberts is being held without bond in the Fayette County Jail.

Officials say several ATVs were recovered and returned as a result of this investigation, which is ongoing, and additional arrests are anticipated.

Anyone who has recently purchased online a four-wheeler, motorcycle or ATV-type vehicle is encouraged to contact law enforcement to ensure the legitimacy of the purchase.

Purchasers are also encouraged to have sellers contact them at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office so that the validity of the item for sale can be verified.



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