Brandon White, 28, of Masontown, was convicted of two felonies—second-degree robbery and grand larceny—following a Monongalia County Circuit Court jury trial Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told police his motorcycle was stolen on Fairmont Road at the southbound on-ramp of I-79 in Westover. During the jury trial, the victim testified he was on his way home after taking a motorcycle trip to Ohio and stopped in Westover to eat.
The victim made his way back to the I-79 on-ramp, where the victim was cut-off by White. The victim described White as wearing an off-white shirt with the Pagan Motorcycle Club logo, dark-colored jeans, boots, a full helmet and dark sunglasses.
White stopped his motorcycle in front of the victim, who then also stopped. The victim said White began yelling at him, saying the victim “wasn’t supposed to be here ” and also that motorcyclists are not supposed to pass members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.
The victim said he was confused by White’s statements, but chose not to drive away in fear of being chased by White, physically harmed or being confronted by other club members.
Following the confrontation, the victim said White got on the victim’s bike, saying it now belonged to him. White then drove away on the victim’s motorcycle, leaving behind his own. The victim’s motorcycle had several of his belongings and cell phone attached when it was stolen.