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Arnold Police have arrested a 52-year-old St. Louis man and are seeking a 27-year-old St. Louis man in connection with stolen items found in a garage at a home in the 2100 block of Starling Airport Road. One of the items, a red 2019 Polaris ATV, was stolen from the Veterans Affairs Hospital in St. Louis County, police reported.

Veterans Administration Police reportedly used a GPS signal from the hospital’s ATV to track it the Arnold house and contacted the Arnold Police Department, which sent officers there at about 7:25 a.m. Nov. 1. Officers questioned a neighbor, who allegedly told them she had seen a red ATV in the garage, the report said.

Police went to the home where the ATV reportedly was being stored, and a woman who was there told officers a red ATV was in the garage. She also told them that one of her boyfriend’s friends had asked them to keep the vehicle in the garage, and she didn’t know if it was stolen, according to the report.

The woman gave the officers permission to search the garage, and they found the ATV, as well as a blue 2017 Kawasaki Mule that had been reported stolen out of St. Louis. The ATV was valued at about $20,000, and the UTV at about $14,000, Arnold Police reported.

The 52-year-old man also was at the house, and he said his friend had asked them to store the ATV and the UTV. He said he didn’t know the vehicles had been reported stolen, the report said.

The officers arrested the man and took him to the Police Station, where he was booked and released pending application for warrants. Arnold Police will seek charges against him through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of stolen property, the report said.

Detective Lt. Jason Valentine said as of Nov. 11, police had not located the 27-year-old St. Louis man who allegedly left the stolen vehicles at the house.