More charges lodged in vehicle theft ring
BY STACI WILSON
A Sept. 2 preliminary hearing was continued until October 6 for one of the three men accused of operating a vehicle theft ring in the region.
David Goodbred, 22, of Bristol, was to appear in District Court, Montrose, on theft charges lodged by Montrose Sgt. John Walker in connection with the theft of a motorcycle July 23-24.
Goodbred is being held at the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility on $100,000 bail. The bail was set at an Aug. 3 arraignment on other charges.
Goodbred, along with Dustin Harvey, 24, South Montrose, and Daryl Cook, Montrose, faces multiple charges for stealing vehicles, especially ATVs, in the county and selling or exchanging them in New York for drugs.
State Police Tpr. John Oliver said the three have been charged in connection with the theft of about 10 vehicles, including two motorcycles and one car. The remaining vehicles were ATVs.
Goodbred and Harvey were also charged in connection with the July 30 theft of four handguns from the Slivinski residence in Dimock Township.
Harvey told police that he and Goodbred had taken the guns to Philadelphia.
Harvey told police that Goodbred had taken the guns into a house and came out with money. Harvey said he was given $400 for the guns and Goodbred kept the rest of the cash.
In addition to charges lodged for the theft of the guns, Harvey has also been charged with the July 4-5 theft of an ATV from a Bridgewater Twp. residence as well as the theft of an ATV, July 21- Aug. 1, from an Auburn Twp. home.
Harvey was also charged in connection with the July 19-20 theft of a 1998 Saturn from a parking lot on Bare Valley Rd., Dimock.
The car, Harvey told police, was used by the men to drive around so they could steal ATVs.
The car was recovered at Goodbred’s home. It had been spray painted white. Police returned the vehicle to its owner.
A preliminary hearing for Harvey on those charges has been scheduled for Sept. 8.
Harvey was arraigned in District Court on July 26 and remanded to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Cook has been charged in connection with the theft of an ATV in Auburn Twp. He told police the ATV was taken to New York and traded for drugs.
A preliminary hearing for Cook has been scheduled for Oct. 4. According to the affidavit, Cook is currently in an inpatient drug rehab center. Following his July 26 arraignment, he was sent to the county jail on $50,000 bail.
On July 26, according to a criminal complaint, Oliver was doing a routine check of an ATV driven by a 15-year-old who said he was test driving it because he was considering purchasing it.
A check of the ATV’s vehicle identification number by Oliver revealed that the vehicle had been stolen out of Tunkhannock.
Further investigation led Oliver to Goodbred’s home on Bare Valley Road in Dimock Township where Oliver observed multiple ATVs and other vehicles.