Landrum police dept. purchases ATV

Published 12:45 pm Thursday, July 15, 2010

Crime may not pay, but it recently bought a new all-terrain-vehicle for the Landrum Police Department.

The department unveiled the newest addition to its force at Tuesday nights Landrum City Council meeting.

A new Polaris Ranger ATV complete with flashing light and sporting the departments silver and blue paint scheme was parked outside Landrum City Hall.

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It was not city operating money it was mainly from drugs, said Landrum City Administrator Steve Wolochowicz. Any cash or cars taken during drug seizures, we keep, so this was bought and paid for by our area drug dealers.

The ATV will serve the department in a variety of circumstances, according to Landrum Police Lt. Timothy Edgens.

Sometimes, we need to get into a wooded area and this is the perfect vehicle for those situations, said Edgens. Well also be able to use it at ballgames, in parades and other things like that.

A production-outfitted Polaris Ranger 400, which includes a 29-horsepower, 455 cubic-centimeter engine, retails for about $8,000.