Sioux Falls man helps police recover friend’s stolen ATV

Published: May. 15, 2019 at 12:11 PM CDT
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Two people are in custody after police say a man recognized his friend’s stolen Can-Am Maverick ATV and decided to confront the suspects.

Sioux Falls Police arrested Cody Gottsch, 32, and Jennifer Collins, 38, on several charges Tuesday.

The incident started when a Sioux Falls man recognized his friends stolen ATV at the 57th Street and Cliff Avenue's Walgreens. He then decided to confront the suspects and parked his vehicle behind the ATV, blocking it from leaving the parking lot.

Police said Gottsch then tried to drive away on the ATV, ramming the man's vehicle multiple times. Eventually, he fled on foot. The man was able to detain Collins until police arrived on the scene. Police said Collins was in possession of a small amount of meth and a checkbook that wasn't her own, at the time of the arrest.

A short time later, the same man spotted Gottsch driving a moped around 12th Street and Western Avenue. He alerted authorities and police later found Gottsch near 57th Street and Western Avenue. Police said Gottsch, driving the moped, went into a neighborhood, left the moped in a yard and fled on foot again. Police said they arrested him after a brief foot pursuit. Police also found meth in a backpack belonging to Gottsch.

Gottsch has been charged with identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, aggravated assault and other charges related to the police chase. Collins has been charged with identity theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.