Stolen bike in Moffat County lands Utah man in jail
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Utah man after court officials say he failed to appear for a hearing related to his alleged theft last week of a motorcycle in Dinosaur.
Ricky Lee Degeorge, 43, of Vernal, Utah, was arrested Thursday, April 11 on a felony charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft — possession of a stolen vehicle.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Craig Press, Detective Rod Eskelson from the Vernal Police Department in Utah contacted an unnamed officer in Moffat County on April 4 to advise “he was searching for a stolen motorcycle” which was supposedly spotted at a convenience store in Dinosaur.
Police said the Vernal detective provided “several pictures of a 1991 Honda CT70 with VIN,” that were taken by a confidential informant, according to the affidavit.
“Detective Eskelson asked if I could keep an eye out for it,” police said in the affidavit.
A few days later on the morning of April 11, police said they were patrolling the 500 block of Plateosaurus Place when they saw it.
“I observed a red motorcycle in the front yard of 511 Plateosaurus Place,” the affidavit read. “The red motorcycle matched the description of a stolen Honda CT70 motorcycle out of Vernal, Utah.”
Shortly after confirming the motorbike matched the description of the one that had been stolen, police say they made contact with Degeorge “on the front porch of his home,” and asked him if the red motorcycle belonged to him “which he stated, “yes,”” according to the affidavit.
“I asked Ricky how long he has owned the red Honda CT70 and he told me, ‘years,’” the affidavit read.
The officer says he then asked Degeorge to show him the bike, which Degeorge did, allowing police to read the year the bike was made and to confirm the vehicle identification, which was given to police dispatch.
“A check through dispatch confirmed the motorcycle to be stolen out of Vernal, Utah,” the affidavit says.
According to Moffat County combined courts staff, Degeorge posted a $2,000 public recognizance bond April 12 and was scheduled to appear before Judge Sandra Gardner April 16, but he never showed. Court staff said a warrant was issued for Degeorge’s arrest on a charge of failure to appear.