Colorado teen accused of selling stolen ATVs on Craigslist
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A Mesa County teenager has been arrested and jailed for allegedly stealing motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles and selling them on Craigslist.
Eighteen-year-old Stephen Van Ness surrendered to authorities and was booked into the Mesa County jail Tuesday on suspicion of 17 charges, including theft by series of more than $20,000 and first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft.
Sheriff’s officials say Van Ness stole two motorcycles and seven ATVs between December 2008 and February of this year after looking for unsecured vehicles around the county and returning at night to steal them.
Five of the nine vehicles have since been recovered.
Authorities say all of the vehicles either didn’t require a key to start or the key was already in the ignition.