Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stolen snowmobiles recovered near Cascade

Boise man suspected of stealing the machines

Express Staff Writer

The arrest of a Boise man on Saturday near Cascade has led to the recovery of two snowmobiles stolen last month in Ketchum.

Ketchum Police Sgt. Dave Kassner said Kevin Michael Nelson, 22, was found in possession of the machines and is a suspect in the theft. Kassner said the snowmobiles were found when a search warrant was executed after Nelson was arrested by the Valley County Sheriff's Office on an unrelated burglary.

Nelson was charged Monday in Valley County with felony burglary and grand theft.

"So far, he says he didn't steal the snowmobiles, but he says he knows they were stolen," Kassner said.

The snowmobiles and a trailer were stolen early in the morning of Feb. 1 from a fenced area on Lewis Street in the city's light-industrial district. Ketchum police reported then that a chain was cut on a lock and the trailer with the snowmobiles was towed away.

"We're trying to see if we can place him (Nelson) up here at that time," Kassner said.

Kassner said Nelson is believed to have been driving a 2003 red Ford F150 pickup with an Idaho elk plate number 89JXE. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call 726-TIPS.

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