Maryland man sentenced to prison for role in motor vehicle thefts in West Deer, elsewhere
A Maryland man will spend two years and three months in prison for participating in a motor vehicle theft ring that stole motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles from Virginia and Pennsylvania dealerships, including one in West Deer, a Pittsburgh federal judge ruled on Thursday.
Rodney D. Deminds Jr., 24, of Belcamp, Md., pled guilty in May to a conspiracy charge. U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry also sentenced him to three years of probation and ordered him to pay $10,993.22 in restitution, according to the Western District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney's Office.
Deminds' former stepfather, Harvey Leemore, 37, of Baltimore is serving a five-year sentence in a New Jersey federal prison for the thefts.
Leemore, Deminds and at least two others broke into several dealerships from Virginia to Ohio between 2011 and 2012, allegedly stealing four motorcycles, 12 ATVs and five lawn tractors. The value of the stolen items exceeds $200,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The crew would transport the stolen items on a stolen box truck to Baltimore where they resold them, prosecutors say.
Collin D. Powell, 22, and Trea C. Powell, 23, brothers from Baltimore, were indicted in May on conspiracy and interstate transportation of motor vehicles charges that stem from the thefts.
The latter was fatally shot on July 10 in East Baltimore.
The Baltimore Police Department had no immediate suspects in the homicide and Baltimore homicide detectives refused on Friday to provide an update on the investigation.
Collin Powell is awaiting trial.
Crossroads Motorsports at Route 910 and Oak Road in West Deer was among the dealerships burglarized. West Deer police Chief Jon Lape said four motorcycles, six ATVs and other equipment worth about $85,000 were stolen in September 2011 from Crossroads.
The burglars broke into the dealership through a rear door, removed seven ATVs, and left with six after dropping one along the roadside about a quarter-mile away from the dealership. Several stolen helmets — each worth an estimated $750 — were found tossed into the woods, as well.
Lape couldn't explain why.
The other victimized dealerships in Pennsylvania are located in Gaines, Tioga County; Edensburg and Altoona. A Purcellville, Va., dealer was also burglarized.
Pennsylvania State Police, the Western Pennsylvania Auto Theft Task Force and the FBI investigated the thefts.
Inquiries made to the Pennsylvania State Police Harrisburg headquarters regarding the investigation and arrests went unanswered.
Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or email@example.com. Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Car, truck collide near Taco Bell in New Kensington
- Cheswick fills 1 of 2 council vacancies
- Leechburg nears final phase of sewer separation project
- Rock Airport & Business Park sold; Ferrone to appeal judge’s decision
- Burrell School Board debates hiring resource officer
- Springdale council, mayor spar over police costs
- Western Pennsylvania detailers get opportunity to work on original Air Force One
- Police say Hyde Park man’s pickup packed with 17 guns, ammo
- In 2004, Hurricane Ivan-spawned flood tested Alle-Kiski Valley
- Butler County American Legion Riders welcome back veteran
- Cleveland man accused of setting fire