Three arrested after stolen ATV found in Solon

ATV was stolen from Hawkeye Downs

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SOLON — Three people face charges after a stolen ATV was recovered in Solon on Saturday morning.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Solon for a suspicious person walking around a property. The man was associated with a red Polaris 900 ATV that had also been spotted in the area.

The Polaris was located in an alley in the 200 block of East Short Street, authorities said. Nearby, deputies found a black Ford Taurus and two suspects — Heather M. Moody, 38, of Dysart, and Leo W. Cannon, 50, of Vinton.

Deputy Dan Snow said deputies were able to contact the owner of the Polaris and learned it was supposed to be locked up in a shed at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police later determined the shed had been broken into. An air compressor was also stolen and located in the Ford Taurus, Snow said.

“We basically found these items before the owners even knew they were stolen,” he said. “We had to backtrack on that to figure that out.”

A third man — later identified as 29-year-old Nathan E. Brecht of Center Point — was initially spotted in the Polaris, but was able to avoid deputies at first. Around 8:30 a.m., authorities started getting calls about a man “acting weird and trying to get into people’s cars,” the complaints state. Brecht was found at the corner of Short and West streets.

“He could not explain what he was doing in the area and would only say he was looking for his golf balls,” a complaint reads.

Deputies said Brecht was “very intoxicated” and a half-full beer bottle was found in the cup holder of the ATV. It was also determined Brecht had attempted to enter a home in the 300 block of South Iowa Street, but fled when confronted by the occupant.

Brecht, Moody and Cannon were all arrested. Moody and Cannon each face one count of third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. Brecht faces charges of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; attempted second-degree burglary, a Class D felony; and consumption of alcohol in a public place, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted of all three charges, Brecht faces up to 15 years in prison.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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