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From Staff Reports
A Louisiana man living in Greene County is facing multiple charges after police found him in possession of a stolen ATV and a pickup reported stolen in Pennsylvania.
Richard Anthony Reeves, 29, of Penalber Road, Maurepas, La., was arrested Monday at a residence he shares at 5464 Vernal River Road. He is charged with grand larceny and receiving stolen property in a case with multiple twists and turns.
The investigation that led to Reeves’ arrest began Thanksgiving Day when Michael McCorkle reported an ATV and a utility trailer had been stolen from a hunting camp he owns just north of Big Creek on Miss. 63. McCorkle, also of Louisiana, provided police with images from a security camera showing a white Chevrolet truck leaving the property with the ATV loaded on the utility trailer. The images were good enough to provide area law enforcement with a solid description of the vehicle and a license plate number.
On Monday morning, Greene County Sheriff Stanley McLeod spotted a truck matching the description traveling on Main Street in Leakesville. He pursued the vehicle past High School Road on Miss. 57 and took the driver and two passengers into custody when he determined the truck was the one used in the ATV theft. However, officials soon found out the tag on the vehicle had been stolen off a white GMC in Louisiana and, when they ran the vehicle identification number (VIN), discovered the pickup had been reported stolen from Pennsylvania.
The driver of the vehicle, Edward Pugh Snow, 29, shares the Vernal residence with Reeves and told police he did not know the truck was stolen and had simply borrowed it from Reeves in order to make a court appearance in Perry County Monday morning. When police went to the residence to interview Reeves they discovered the stolen ATV on the premises and took Reeves into custody.
Officials say Reeves eventually confessed to taking the ATV and trailer, but denied knowing the truck was stolen. He said he had purchased it from a man he had worked with in Pennsylvania recently. He also told police he had sold the utility trailer to an individual in McLain and authorities were able to recover the trailer as well, along with a few other smaller items reported stolen at the McCorkle property.
Snow, nor either of the two passengers with him at the time they were stopped in the stolen pickup, were charged in the case.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Reeves remained in the Greene County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.