Arnold police have arrested a 42-year-old St. Louis man who was allegedly found with a dirt bike and ATV that had been reported stolen and another ATV with a defaced vehicle identification number. The man was arrested during a traffic stop on I-55 near the freeway. 141, police reported.
An Arnold police officer arrested the man around 1:30 p.m. on May 30 after seeing him speeding in a 2006 Ford F-150. The man was believed to have been driving at 83 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the report.
The man was carrying a utility trailer behind the truck, and inside the trailer were two dirt bikes and two ATVs. The van was reportedly unregistered and the man had no proof of insurance. Additionally, the man said he had titles for bicycles and mountain bikes but could not produce them, according to the report.
The officer reportedly saw two wires hanging from the ignition on one of the bikes, a 2020 Honda CRF, and checked the bike’s VIN. The bike had been reported stolen in St. Louis, according to the report.
The officer asked the man if any of the other vehicles in the trailer had been stolen, and the man allegedly said the 2006 Honda Recon ATV was, and the officer confirmed that the ATV had been reported stolen in 2018 in Jefferson County, according to the report. .
The VIN for the 2005 Honda Rincon 650 ATV has been altered and investigators suspect it was also stolen, according to the report.
Arnold police did not provide information about the other dirt bike in the trailer.
The man was arrested and taken to the police station, where he was arrested and released pending a warrant application. Arnold Police will file charges against the man through the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for possession of stolen property, altering a VIN and various traffic violations, Cpl. says Brett Ackermann.