Police say man stole motorcycle, posted it for sale on mobile app

Published 5:21 pm Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Johnson City man faces criminal charges after police say he stole a motorcycle and then listed it for sell on a popular mobile classifieds app.

Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Justice Stephen Thomas Godsey, 24, of 1972 King Springs Road, Johnson City, on Saturday and charged him with burglary and theft over $1,000.

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According to court documents, on Jan. 11 Wane Woodward reported to the Elizabethton Police Department that someone had stolen his Honda CR2590 motorcross bike from a building at his residence on Ledford Street. Woodward described the motorcycle as being red and white with a blue seat and having a “Lucas Oil” sticker in the area of the gas tank. He also said he had removed a “17” sticker from the side of the bike, but a faded “17” could still be seen on that spot.

“Mr. Woodward listed Justice Godsey as a suspect due to Godsey suspiciously ending up with one of his motorcross bikes a month prior,” EPD Detective Joe Harrah said.

Woodward later contacted Harrah and told him he had found his bike for sale on the mobile phone classifieds app Letgo where it was being sold on an account listed under the name “Dustin Wolf.”

“(I) began to inquire about the bike by messaging ‘Dustin Wolf,’” Harrah said. “The person requested a phone, and a number was given to the person to call.”

Harrah said he received a call in response, and the call was traced to a phone belonging to Godsey’s grandmother.

Harrah said he met with Godsey to speak about the incident and informed him of his rights.

“Godsey admitted to calling (me) and saying the bike was his,” Harrah said. “He also stated that he had a ‘Letgo’ account under the name of ‘Dustin Wolf,’ but another guy he knew did too. Godsey refused to state the current location of the victim’s motorcross bike.”

Godsey appeared in Carter County General Sessions Court on Tuesday. Judge Keith Bowers Jr. appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Godsey and scheduled him to return to court on Feb. 16.