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CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Parents offer reward for man they say tricked their son and took ATV

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Mobile Police are looking for a man they say took an ATV by tricking the owner. The parents of the owner are upset. They say their son was victimized, and are offering a reward to anyone who can help.

"He has a mental disability, but very likable to everyone he meets that knows him,” said the mother, who didn’t want to be identified.

She says her 26-year-old son, Brad, likes to ride the family's ATV to the Chevron on Three Notch Road. Video from the store shows another man start to talk to him. Mobile police have identified that man as Dewey Broadus, who also goes by DJ. Jail records show Broadus has a criminal history dating back to 2009 – including charges for theft, domestic violence, and possession.

Video shows Broadus follow brad outside and they talk for a few moments by the parked ATV. Broadus even jumps on it mid-conversation.

"He asked repeatedly to let him drive the four wheeler, and my son said ‘no I'll get in trouble. I'm not supposed to let anyone drive it’. He kept asking repeatedly,” said the mother. “He did let him ride it and he got on the back with him. He said ‘I was afraid, so I just went to ahead and let him drive it, but I didn't have a good feeling’."

The police report states that just around the corner, Broadus asked Brad to get off and get his hat that fell. The report states Brad even get one hand holding onto the back of the ATV while he did it. That's when police say Broadus took off, leaving Brad stranded on the side of the road.

The ATV is worth more than $9,000, but Mobile Police received screenshots that show a woman trying to sell it for $300. The woman’s message states, "I didn't take it, but I’m trying to sell it so I can eat".

The family is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the return of the ATV and the arrest of Dewey Broadus.

"He [Brad] is very trusting and very naïve, and he prayed on that,” said the mother. “He victimized Brad because he has problems, and because he knew he could."

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