A Cuyahoga County man has been convicted by a Summit County Common Pleas Court jury of stealing a pick-up truck and trailers from Springfield Township, and two motorcycles from a motorcycle shop in Norton.
Charles Austin, 25, of Northfield Road in Highland Hills was found guilty of two counts of Grand Theft, two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, and counts of Breaking and Entering, and Vandalism.
On September 11, Austin and an accomplice, Brian Collins, 22, of Harvard Avenue in Highland Hills, were picked up in Cleveland by a friend driving a stolen van. The three men drove to the Kohl’s in Springfield Township where they stole the truck and trailer. They then all drove to Joe’s Hawg Shop in Norton. After stealing the motorcycles and loading them into the stolen pickup, the three men headed back to Cleveland. As they were driving to Cleveland, the truck was reported stolen. Police were able to locate the truck using the GPS in the vehicle. After an hour-long car chase, Austin and Collins were apprehended.
The third man was able to escape on foot.
Collins pleaded guilty to Receiving Stolen Property in December.
Judge Tom Parker will sentence Austin on February 28th.