Thursday, February 1, 2024

Teen and Two Adults Face Charges After Being Found with Stolen Motorcycle by Blythe Township Police

A teen and two adults are facing charges after they were found with a stolen motorcycle in Blythe Township.

According to Blythe Township Police,  on January 30th, 2024, Officer Tim Walsh was on patrol in the area of Evans Street and Valley Street in New Philadelphia where he noticed a motorcycle and a Ford Mustang disregarding a stop sign at the intersection.

Walsh said both vehicles proceeded north on 209 towards Tamaqua.

Officer Walsh said he began to suspect foul play, when he observed that the motorcycle rider, seemingly inexperienced, was not appropriately dressed for riding a motorcycle in the 38 degree weather. Moreover, the motorcycle matched the description of a recently stolen bike from Tamaqua.

Officer Walsh caught up to the two vehicles between Middleport and Mary D, where he initiated a traffic stop on both vehicles and noticed the absence of an inspection sticker on the motorcycle. 

It was then discovered that the 16-year-old motorcycle rider had been driving without a license. 

The Mustang was driven by a female, and the male passenger was the rider's father.

Further investigation revealed that the Mustang had a misappropriated license plate. Both vehicles were towed, and upon running the motorcycle's tag, it was confirmed to be the stolen property reported in Tamaqua. The motorcycle's owner was promptly notified.

A juvenile petition is underway for the 16-year-old regarding the recovery of stolen property and driving without a license. 

Corruption of minors will be charged against the two adults.

Additional charges pending the ongoing going investigation by Blythe Township Police.