State police in Westminster are advising owners of all-terrain vehicles to take extra care when storing the popular four-wheelers, saying more than a half-dozen have been stolen since the beginning of summer.
Thieves pried a lock from a Hampstead homeowner's shed in the 900 block of Houcksville Road about 1 a.m. Sunday and stole two all-terrain vehicles, state police said.
The loss was estimated at $6,850.
Troopers at the Westminster barracks say owners should place the four-wheelers out of sight in locked buildings when not using them, and chain the vehicles, if possible, to a stable post within the building.
They also advise owners to record the vehicle's serial number and engrave a driver's license number on it.