Man arrested for driving motorcycle that was allegedly stolen in North Carolina

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested this week after allegedly driving a stolen motorcycle.

Calvin G. Robinson, 54, of French Creek, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 12 for one felony, receiving and transferring stolen goods, and three misdemeanors: driving suspended or revoked; no insurance; and improper use of evidence of registration.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Sgt. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 10, 2021, Caynor passed a man on a black motorcycle on the Waterloo Road. The person driving was believed to be Robinson, who reportedly had a suspended driver’s license, the complaint says. According to the report, Caynor attempted to locate the vehicle and was unsuccessful, but chief deputy Mike Coffman located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on the Gould Road.

Robinson told police he did not have any insurance paperwork and when the E-911 Upshur County Comm Center ran the license plate, it came back as belonging to a 2008 Suzuki; however, Robinson was operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The VIN number was listed as ‘stolen’ by Forest City Police Department in North Carolina, the report says, and the lock on the handlebars was broken and Robinson said he got it from a guy on Facebook but couldn’t provide his name. Caynor spoke to law enforcement officer Brad Moore of the Forest City Police Department, who said the motorcycle was allegedly stolen from a storage building and was entered into the National Crime Information Center database May 13, 2021. The vehicle was valued at approximately $6,000, the file says.

Bail was set at $30,000 cash or surety.

The penalty for a conviction of receiving and transferring stolen goods is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for not more than one year and a fine of not more than $2,500. The penalty for driving suspended or revoked is a fine ranging from $100-$500; the penalty for no insurance is a $200 to $5,000 fine; and the penalty for improper use of evidence of registration is a fine of not more than $500.

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