A Sardinia man is facing a felony charge after allegedly being found driving an ATV that had been reported as stolen.
According to an affidavit filed with Hillsboro Municipal Court, the Highland County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Oct. 7 of a yellow Honda ATV that had broken down near a Ruble Lane residence.
At that time, the HCSO was reportedly en route to the Buford area to purchase a Honda Foreman ATV for $600 from Alexander Arnett, 18, Sardinia, and another party.
The HCSO reported that after arriving at Ruble Road, two subjects reported to them that “two quad runners (were) riding down … passing (their) property when a yellow Honda Foreman broke down in front of their house,” as stated in the affidavit.
The driver was reportedly identified as Arnett. According to the affidavit, “Arnett would not remain on the scene and took the key from the ignition of the ATV when he left.” The affidavit added that the HCSO searched the area but was unable to locate Arnett.
The involved ATV had been reported as stolen a few days prior, according to the affidavit.
On Oct. 12, the owner came to the Highland County Justice Center and “advised he was 100 percent positive the yellow Honda Foreman was his property stolen on Oct. 3,” as stated in the affidavit.
Arnett was charged with fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property, according to court records.
He appeared on that charge Thursday. Arnett’s bond is set at $5,000, records show. If he posts that bond, he will be placed on electronic monitoring house arrest. Arnett will also be under the supervision of the probation department.
While his case is pending, he is prohibited from having contact with reportedly involved parties, records add. A preliminary hearing is set for next Thursday.
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