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Maryland Man Sentenced to Prison for Selling Stolen Motorcycles and Tractors

August 15, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Maryland resident has been sentenced in federal court to 27 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of conspiracy to transport stolen motor vehicles across state lines, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Rodney D. Deminds, Jr., 24, of Belcamp, Md.

According to information presented to the court, on at least 14 occasions between July of 2011 and April of 2012, Deminds, along with Harvey Leemore, Collin D. Powell and Trea C. Powell, and at least one other individual, traveled from Baltimore to various retail dealerships in Pennsylvania and Virginia for the purpose of stealing motorcycles and tractors from those retail dealerships. After stealing these items, the thieves took the items back to Baltimore and sold them. The items were stolen from retail dealerships located in Gibsonia, Ebensburg, Gaines and Altoona, Pa., and in Purcellville, Va. The value of the stolen items exceeded $200,000.

Assistant United States Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police, Western Pennsylvania Auto Theft Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and detectives from Harford County, Maryland, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Deminds.

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