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Geauga County stolen ATV ring with ties to Cleveland busted after 4-month investigation

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 14:51:57-04

A Burton Village man accused of running a stolen ATV ring from Geauga County into Cleveland is facing a slew of charges, according to the Geauga County Maple Leaf.

Earl J. Adkins, 32, was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 30 on engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, grand theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering and other felony charges.

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The Maple Leaf reports, after a four-month investigation, police took Adkins into custody while he was driving a U-Haul truck with two allegedly stolen ATVs inside. Adkins allegedly admitted to investigators he was behind thefts in Troy, Auburn and Burton Township.

Adkins is accused of stealing a total of nine ATV or dirt bikes between April 27 and July 7, according to the Maple Leaf.