Police: Man on stolen motorcycle runs from officers in Youngstown

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Eric Barcley, charged with receiving stolen property and obstructing official business in Youngstown, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say a suspect ran from officers after he was found with a stolen motorcycle in downtown Youngstown.

Officers were tipped off about the motorcycle around 1:45 a.m. Sunday by a woman who said she spotted it sitting in front of Roberto’s Italian Ristorante.

The woman told police the motorcycle belonged to her sister’s boyfriend and it had been stolen from Austintown, according to a police report.

Police said Eric Barcley was sitting on the bike as an officer walked over to question him. He ran away and led officers on a short chase, according to the report.

Barcley was captured and arrested in front of Eastern Gateway Community College, according to police.

Police said the theft victim was able to produce documentation proving ownership of the motorcycle. He told police he posted a similar bike on the app LetGo on March 31 and said Barcley responded to the advertisement with interest.

He said he gave Barcley his phone number and address, but Barcley began asking “weird questions” so he told him that he was no longer selling the bike.

The man said on April 2, Barcley broke into his garage and stole his motorcycle, as well as the bike posted on LetGo. Police said the man had video footage of Barcley in his apartment with both of the bikes that were stolen.

Barcley was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. He could face additional charges in the future.

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