Saline County Sheriff’s personnel are investigating the possibility of a connection between the thefts of a utility task vehicle (UTV) and two all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and the burning of two of the three vehicles.
Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Monday that at 7:55 a.m. Saturday a deputy found a completely burned UTV in the ditch and on a fence at 11300 S. Soderberg Road in southwestern Saline County. The UTV was reported stolen from property south of Marquette owned by Larry Turnquist of Salina, Soldan said. The 2014 Polaris Ranger 900 UTV, was destroyed and was valued at an estimated $12,000, Soldan said.
Prior to running the UTV up against the fence, where it caught fire, someone drove the UTV onto property owned by Smoky Hill Feeders, 11513 S. Soderberg Road, and drove it into a standing electrical box, causing $2,000 worth of damage and knocking out power to the business at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Soldan said. The time was determined because the power outage knocked out security cameras at Smoky Hill Feeders, he said. Additionally, approximately $15 worth of gasoline was stolen from the business, Soldan said.
The burned up UTV was found up against a fence on the north side of the feedlot, he added. Damage to the fence was estimated at $40, Soldan said.
In the second incident, one of two ATVs stolen from Chad Sauvage, of rural Saline County, was found burning in the middle of the roadway at 11500 S. Muir Road in southern Saline County at 8:33 a.m. Sunday, Soldan said. The 1997 Arctic Cat ATV was destroyed and had an estimated value of $1,500, he said. Firefighters from Marquette were brought in to extinguish the blaze, Soldan added.
A second ATV, a 1996 Polaris Magnum 4×4, with an estimated value of $1,500, remains missing, Soldan said. Additionally, a gas can with approximately five gallons of gas, valued at $20, also was stolen, he added.