Youngstown man guilty on stolen property charge

LISBON – Christopher Hamrick, a Youngstown man accused of receiving stolen property for a motorcycle in his possession on Jan. 21, was found guilty in a jury trial which ended Tuesday morning in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Hamrick, 30, will face sentencing on Friday. A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 14 minutes Tuesday afternoon before finding him guilty.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Weikart called four witnesses on Monday, showing Hamrick attempted to sell the stolen dirt bike to a business in Mahoning County. The business’ owner reportedly became suspicious after finding the same motorcycle had been reported stolen by reading about it on a social media website.

Salem police Detective David Talbert began an investigation, recovering the dirt bike, a 2003 Honda CR 250 motorcycle, on Jan. 24 and taking Hamrick into custody in an alley off West Wilson Street in Salem.

Hamrick testified on his own behalf on Tuesday morning, followed by closing arguments by Weikart and defense attorney Richard Hura.

Judge Scott Washam increased Hamrick’s bond $100,000 cash or surety following the verdict.

According to Weikart, Hamrick has 14 previous convictions of criminal offenses in Columbiana and Mahoning counties, including seven prior felonies. In 2009, Hamrick was found guilty in connection with a stolen Suzuki dirt bike in Columbiana County.