The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department arrested 18 year old Troy Conklin Jr. of Port Jervis, New York on two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, Flight to Avoid Apprehension, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, six counts of theft from a motor vehicle, and criminal mischief.
On the morning of January 9, 2014 police observed an ATV driving on routes 6&209 in front of River Beach Campgrounds. The officer stopped the ATV and asked the driver to step off. The Driver then took off from the officer through the campground and into the Delaware River. The driver jumped off the ATV and fled on foot when the ATV broke through the ice.
Assistance was called in from Milford Police Department and North Star Helicopter to locate the suspect. The Westfall Fire Department also assisted in the recovery of the ATV. During the search a radio call was received from a neighboring community reporting an attempted theft of an ATV.
An Eastern Pike Regional Police unit located an individual fitting the description of the fleeing suspect in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The suspect was positively identified by the originating officer and taken into custody.
Conklin was linked to another ATV theft on December 31, 2013 on Mountain Avenue in Westfall Township, as well as, several thefts from vehicles.
Conklin was arraigned in front of Magistrate Fischer and was remanded to the Pike County Correctional Facility on $50,000.00 bail.