ATVs stolen from under Mounties’ noses

Whitehorse thieves are apparently lovers of irony and off-roading. On July 12th, two all-terrain vehicles were stolen from inside Whitehorse…

Whitehorse thieves are apparently lovers of irony and off-roading.

On July 12th, two all-terrain vehicles were stolen from inside Whitehorse RCMP’s compound behind the police station.

“They cut a large hole and they were able to get in and drive them out,” said Whitehorse RCMP Sgt. Ross Milward, in an interview Monday.

The thieves used bolt-cutters to cut through a metal fence to enter the compound, said Milward.

Once inside they found two Polaris ATVs parked under a canvas tent.

“It looked like they drove them away,” said Milward.

“They were hotwired.”

There are no security cameras monitoring the area, he added.

Residents in a nearby apartment building reported the hole in the fence to police, said Milward.

The two ATVs were old and due to be replaced — and therefore worth “not much,” he said.

One was a red 1995 Polaris ATV, the other a green ’96 Polaris.

“I wouldn’t value them at much more than $1,000 each,” said Milward.

The RCMP uses ATVs for calls where people are lost or missing in remote areas, he explained.

“They get used very seldom. They just get old and take up space. We’re of the opinion now that if we need them we’ll go and rent them,” he said.

While the RCMP received a couple of sightings of the vehicles they have turned out to be negative, said Milward.

“Because of the value of them, it was probably more of a dare or something,” he said of the theft.

The quads have not been recovered and there are no suspects in the case.

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