Franklin Man Caught With Stolen Bicycle Faces Hearing on Wednesday

| August 2, 2020

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday for a Franklin man who was caught in possession of a stolen bicycle.

Court documents indicate 41-year-old Justin Lee Stewart is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, on the following charge:

– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

The charge stems from an incident in early March in Franklin.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 2:38 p.m. on March 4, Franklin Police were dispatched to the Sheetz store on Liberty Street in Franklin for a report that a victim of a bicycle theft had just seen a man on his stolen bicycle, and the man had entered the store.

The victim stated he was certain it was his bicycle, the complaint notes.

Police responded to the scene, and the victim reported the man who appeared at the store on his bicycle had just entered a car as a passenger and pointed the car out to police. Police then approached the vehicle and questioned the man, identified as Justin Stewart.

Stewart reportedly admitted he had arrived at the store on a bicycle, and when asked why he was leaving it at the store, he said he was leaving it because it was raining, the complaint indicates.

Police then pointed out it had been raining all day, and he had arrived on the bike in the rain. Police indicated that Stewart was leaving in a car because he knew he was in possession of a stolen bicycle, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Stewart stated he didn’t know the bicycle was stolen.

The charge was filed against Stewart through Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office on June 18.

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