Beverly man sentenced in four-wheeler thefts

ELKINS — One of two individuals charged after two four-wheelers were allegedly stolen was sentenced after entering into a plea agreement in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Brian Keith Vance, 43, of Beverly, was sentenced to one year in jail. That sentence was suspended for one year of unsupervised probation.

Additionally, he must pay restitution in the amount of $737.50, half the total restitution owed, to three different victims.

Vance pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of receiving or transferring stolen goods, as part of a plea agreement. The prosecution dismissed one felony count of receiving or transferring stolen goods and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Leckta Poling represented the state, while Vance appeared with Brent Easton as defense counsel. Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sept. 13, deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding two four-wheelers being taken from a hunting camp along U.S. 33.

Upon arrival, deputies observed that the four-wheelers had been stored on a private road with a locked gate, and the individuals who removed them took them over an embankment and cut the fence to the property, according to the complaint.

One of the ATVs was a 2002 Yamaha Big Bear 400 and the other a 2007 Suzuki King Quad. The Yamaha had a faded blue milk crate tied to the back and the Suzuki had missing plastic around the front wench area, the complaint states.

The Yamaha was valued at $1,000 and the Suzuki was valued at $2,500, the victim told police.

On Sept. 15, officers spoke with a man who said Vance and Erika Dawn Vance, 32, of Beverly, were at his residence on four-wheelers. His description of the vehicles matched that of the missing ATVs, according to the complaint.

The witness said he traded a Remington 870, a 50-caliber muzzle loader, a .22-caliber revolver and $100 for the Yamaha, police said. The witness’ nephew also said he saw the Vances on the four-wheelers.

Officers took custody of the Yamaha from the witness, and the Suzuki four-wheeler was later found abandoned by deputies and recovered, the complaint states.

Erika Vance was apprehended and charged in late September. She was also charged with one felony count of receiving or transferring stolen property.

Also in Randolph County Magistrate Court:

• Probable cause for the arrest of Jeff David Justice, 40, of Silverthorne, Colorado, was ruled to have been met.

Justice is charged with one felony count of threats of terroristic acts and one misdemeanor count of failure to pay for gasoline. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond, set by Elbon.

The probable cause finding means Justice’s case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury.

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