Randolph County man sentenced to jail time

ELKINS — A Randolph County man found in possession of a stolen bicycle was sentenced after entering into a plea agreement in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

Steven Edward Myers, 31, of Elkins, was sentenced to four months in jail. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of receiving/transferring stolen goods as part of a plea agreement. The prosecution dismissed the original charge of one felony count of the same charge.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shryock represented the state while Myers appeared with Timothy Prentice as defense counsel. Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 10:11 p.m. on June 22, Elkins Police Department Sr. Patrolman B.D. Tice and other officers were patrolling the area of Second Street near Central Towers and 118 Henry Ave. in Elkins.

While driving past the Henry Avenue residence, Tice observed a male wearing white shorts and having “several” tattoos step out onto the porch attached to the rear of the building with a bicycle. When he noticed Tice he “retreated back” towards the apartments, police said.

Tice notified the other officers of the male’s behavior and parked up the street to observe the area, according to court documents. A few minutes later, two males appeared from the same area of the building on two bikes traveling at a “fast pace.”

The male wearing the white shorts and with tattoos “all over both arms and legs” was seen riding a black and gray Giant bicycle, similar to one that was reported as stolen several days earlier, the complaint states.

The male and another individual rode toward John Street, onto Third Street and went to the alley behind the Stumble-In Bar, where they attempted to “blend in as normal patrons of the establishment,” police said.

Upon pulling up to that location, Tice identified the male to be Myers and explained to him that the bike he was riding might be stolen. The serial number on the bicycle was covered in white paint but was revealed and confirmed to be the stolen bicycle, court documents state.

Myers claimed he was riding the bicycle but was unaware it was stolen. He added he bought the bicycle from an individual in town but that information was found to be false, police said.

Roughly an hour later, another individual was arrested by police and said he had heard Myers was arrested, police said. He added he had seen Myers riding the bicycle and said there was “no way he could afford a bicycle like that.”

Myers has previous convictions for grand larceny on his criminal history and made an “utterance” that he was “under the influence of methamphetamine the whole day,” the complaint states.

The bicycle was reported stolen on June 21 and has a value of $2,300.

While Tice was walking Myers into the jail, there was a conversation about he and others not liking Tice due to them getting arrested for “things like this.” Myers also told Tice he would “like to kill (Tice) tonight too,” according to the complaint.