Three people were jailed Saturday and a fourth is being sought in connection with the theft of two four-wheelers and a street sign, said Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault.

Sheriff Norman Fisher said the Yamaha Raptor and Polaris Magnum four-wheelers were found, recovered and returned to their rightful owners in about three hours from the time they were reported stolen.

“Unfortunately, we can’t solve all of them that quickly,” Fisher said. “We were able to catch some breaks in this one and had help from the public.”

Chennault said Robert Suarez, 19; Joshua Ross Carnley, 20; and Joel Clayton Parks, 19, were each booked on two counts of grand larceny and two counts of knowingly concealing stolen property. The fourth suspect remains at large.

Special District Judge Holli Pursley set $2,500 bonds on each of the men, who were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center.

Chennault said both four-wheeler owners were able to give the sheriff’s office vehicle identification numbers that aided in proving ownership. The property was located at a residence south of Tahlequah.

Chennault said all four suspects are members of a fraternity and were allegedly riding around drinking when they decided to steal something. He said they took the Yamaha Raptor first and went to the residence south of town before going back out and taking the second four-wheeler.

“The guys [sheriff’s office] did a good job,” Fisher said. “To take a report, locate the property and arrest three suspects in about three hours is something you usually only hear on TV.”

The sheriff said his office has a hard-working team of good investigators who have made some big strides in burglary cases.

“We’ve been making a strong push in the past few weeks to clear some of our burglaries, and it’s been working well,” he said. “We haven’t forgotten the other crimes that are reported. We’re working everything that comes into the office, just like we always have.”

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