Police: WB teen attempted to sell stolen ATV

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A teenage boy stole an all-terrain vehicle he later posted for sale on a social media app, according to court records.

City police allege William Monroe Jr., 18, of North Washington Street, canvassed the ATV from a hill that overlooked a rear yard of a residence on Brookside Street before stealing the ATV earlier this month.

Monroe allegedly posted pictures of the ATV, offering it for sale on Facebook.

Police charged Monroe with theft and receiving stolen property. The charges were filed with District Judge Thomas Malloy in Wilkes-Barre and mailed on Tuesday to Monroe. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 16.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police received a report Friday that a 1999 Yamaha Banshee owned by Joshua Martinez, 25, of Brookside Street, was for sale on Facebook.

Martinez purchased the ATV about a year ago and kept it in a rear yard of a residence on Brookside Street. Martinez claimed there were several custom parts installed on the ATV making it easily identifiable.

When Martinez was shown a Facebook picture of his ATV, he recognized Monroe as a person who frequented a hill behind the Brookside Street residence.

Martinez claimed Monroe purported to be working out on the hill but was actually checking out the yard so he could later steal the ATV.

Police said the Facebook picture offering the ATV for sale was taken behind Monroe mother’s house on North Washington Street.

Monroe could not be reached for comment.

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By Ed Lewis

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