Niagara County Sheriff's investigators are looking into the theft of three ATVs and a snowmobile from three separate incidents in Wilson, Sanborn and Wheatfield this past week.
On Thursday, deputies were called to Shadigee Road where a resident reported that sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Thursday someone had entered an unlocked shed and stolen two ATVs. The resident said a snowmobile had been moved from the shed and left outside so suspects could get at the ATVs. Gas was also siphoned from the snowmobile for the ATVs which had empty tanks. The two ATVs — a 2011 Polaris ATV valued at $4,000 and a 2010 Polaris 500 ATV valued at $5,000 — were then taken from the shed.
The deputy said tracks led out to the road. A neighbor reported seeing a white van driving up and down the road several times about 10 a.m.
The resident noted that during the summer of 2012 he had called police while witnessing the theft of ATVs near a Ransomville business and the suspects had been caught.
On Wednesday, deputies were called to a Diller Road address in Sanborn for a report of a stolen ATV and an attempt to steal a snowmobile.
The resident said he was leaving his residence Wednesday morning and noticed there were a lot of footprints in the snow around a snowmobile trailer. When he went to investigate, he found the snowmobile gone from the trailer but followed the tracks about 150 feet and found the snowmobile sitting in the brush line.
The resident then followed another set of tracks to a shed on his property and discovered a broken lock and his 2003 Kawasaki ATV missing.
A deputy investigating the matter found a small piece of paper with a name and a series of numbers on it in the area of the right foot rest. The resident had not seen the paper or the name before.
On Sunday, deputies were called to Mapleton Road in Wheatfield where a resident reported someone had taken a snowmobile from a locked trailer.
The resident said he noticed Sunday morning that the trailer had been moved from its usual spot and there were numerous footprints around it as well as a set of unfamiliar tire tracks. The resident surmised that the suspects had been trying to take the whole trailer but couldn't get the lock off the trailer tongue.
The deputy was able to follow the snowmobile tracks to Shawnee Road where they turned north and he lost them.