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Junior man charged with stealing ATV

July 31, 2013
By Chad Clem - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A Barbour County man was arrested on grand larceny charges in Randolph County this week, police said.

Justen William Shomo, 23, of Junior was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing a green 2006 Honda Foreman 500 ATV that was reported missing in June.

Christopher Rhodes, the owner of the ATV, told police someone said they saw a man riding the ATV that fit the description of Shomo, and when Rhodes went to check on the ATV, it was missing, according to the criminal complaint in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

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When Shomo was questioned, he denied having any knowledge of the stolen ATV, the complaint states. Shomo told police he bought the ATV for $200 but gave it back when he thought "something wasn't right about [it]," according to the criminal complaint.

Several weeks ago, Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police found the missing ATV about a mile upstream from Shomo's camp site off River Road, the complaint states.

The ATV appeared to have been severely damaged, and Rhodes said one of his friends told him he came across it during a bear hunting trip, according to the criminal complaint.

Shomo was arraigned by Magistrate George M. Riggleman, who set bond at $10,000 cash or surety.

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