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Man arrested in connection to ATV crime ring

While a 17-year-old suspect is still on the run, investigators say Scott Conaway allowed a juvenile to use his garage to hide stolen property and never reported the crimes to authorities. (WTOV)

ATVs, dirt bikes, UTVs, all stolen and all found in a garage outside of Wellsburg. According to police, the garage belongs to Scott Conaway.

“He was charged with five counts of concealing stolen property and those were five felony counts," said Deputy Gary Conley, Brooke County Sheriff’s Department.

The 36-year-old was charged less than a week after his 17-year-old nephew escaped police custody, moments after being arrested while hiding out with the stolen equipment.

“He stated that he knew those items were stolen. He knew that he wasn't just getting them for the pay he was getting he was actually going and stealing these things,” Conley said.

Investigators say that Conaway's actions are troubling given the severity of this case.

“We are talking about a multi-state stolen vehicle ring, multiple stolen ATVs being transferred right here in Brooke County, West Virginia. And we were just happy that we were able to catch up with it at this point,” Conley said.

U.S. marshals are now working to track down the teen and while that search continues, a different kind of search is happening in Brooke County.

“I believe that there are more items out there. We have received some information that there may have been 30 ATVs/UTVs that were transferred from this property so we are asking anyone that purchased an ATV from Mr. Conaway or the juvenile to come forward, we will check the serial number to make sure it isn't stolen as well,” Conley said.

Conaway did post bond and was released. Investigators say that it's possible others are involved in the teen's crimes.Two weeks ago, more than half a dozen stolen items were located in Conaway's garage, along with the 17-year-old, a fugitive from Green County, Pennsylvania.

That teen, whose name has not been released, remains on the run from Brooke County after he escaped during an unrelated rescue.

Investigators say that Conaway allowed the teen to use his garage along Washington Pike to conceal the motor vehicles.

Still, they caution that there could be more.

“I believe that there are more items out there. We received information that leads us to believe there may have been 30 ATVs/UTVs transferred from this property so if anybody did purchase any ATV/UTV from Mr. Conaway or the juvenile that was in his custody, we would want that information and we would check the serial number to make sure it isn't stolen as well,” said Deputy Gary Conley.

Investigators say they have also recovered a stolen ATV trailer.

Conaway posted a $15,000 bond. He has been charged with five counts of concealing stolen property.





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