Signing a deposition is what will give the investigating officer or Trooper authority to arrest someone for possession of the ATV.
It is an accusatory instrument.
You or your buddy in this case, is affirming, under the penalty of law that he was the rightful owner, that he gave no one permission to take the ATV and that he wants the party responsible, if found, to be arrested. It allows the officer to investigate, seize the ATV as evidence and lawfully arrest the person that is found with it. That's all it is.
If your buddy is not interested in an arrest being made, he can do a report, no deposition, and state he is making the report for insurance purposes only. If he was simply just interested in making an insurance claim if he had insurance on it.
Some jurisdictions might make him still sign a "negative deposition" if he's not requesting an arrest. This is simply a deposition stating he is not requesting an arrest. This covers the officer/department in case he flips on them and tries to say they didn't do anything about the theft and it allows them to come after him if they find he is involved with insurance fraud or something like that. They would charge him with filing a false report on top of the insurance fraud.
Man you guys are paranoid...
Edited by Steve936, January 13 2017 - 09:27 AM.