A Greenbrier County man is back in jail this week after allegedly taking part in the theft of an all-terrain vehicle.
Joshua Howard McCormick, 34, of Lewisburg has been charged with altering or changing a manufacturer’s serial number, and receiving or transferring stolen goods. McCormick is being held at Southern Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash bond or surety.
On Monday, Jan. 4, law enforcement was notified of a 2015 Polaris Ranger ATV that had been taken from a residence on Carroll Hill Road in Greenbrier County. The approximate value of the ATV is between $14,000 and $16,000.
The following morning officers were notified of a suspicious person driving an ATV through the Pinnacle subdivision in Lewisburg. The suspect in question, later identified as McCormick, was also observed at a residence on Crestmont Drive painting and removing parts from the vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, upon arriving at the residence officers visually identified a Polaris Ranger ATV in the front yard, which had been painted several colors. Officers also identified a grinding tool on the ground beside the vehicle. When McCormick was located in the home’s garage he was covered in dust, potentially from grinding, as well as the same colors of paint used on the ATV. Officers noted that various parts had been removed and the serial number had been ground off of the vehicle’s frame.
The complaint states that McCormick advised officers that he had received the ATV from a “buddy down the road” and was going to sell it for him. The owner of the Crestmont Drive residence where the vehicle was found allegedly informed officers that McCormick had contacted her on the evening of Jan. 4 in an attempt to sell the stolen ATV.
McCormick was previously arrested on Dec. 23 after a string of alleged robberies, and at least one physical altercation dating back to Oct. 15. At that time, McCormick was charged with trespassing, possession, shoplifting, petit larceny, grand larceny and battery.