Aiken man charged in connection with multiple reports of stolen motorcycles, vehicle

October 2, 2018

An Aiken man was charged Friday in connection with multiple reports of stolen vehicles and motorcycles in Aiken County going back to 2017.

Robert Paul Boatwright, 47, of June Bug Lane, is charged with chop shop, unlawfully transport or sell vehicle; two counts of chop shop, unlawfully sell vehicle or part with tampered ID; altering, forging or counterfeiting vehicle certificate, title, registration, card or license; receiving stolen goods, $10,000 or more; and possession of meth, according to jail records.

On May 28, 2017, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Vanest Road in Ridge Spring around 9 p.m. and met with a 43-year-old man who said the suspect stole two motorcycles off a trailer on the property.

The complainant said the suspect was supposed to be working on the motorcycles, which are owned by a 36-year-old Ridge Spring man who was not at the scene.

Deputies contacted the victim who gave them the VIN numbers for the listed motorcycles and they contacted the owner of the trailer, which was also stolen.

On June 28, investigators responded to Boatwright’s residence on June Bug Lane and located the two reported stolen motorcycles, which matched the description given by the victim.

However, the two motorcycles had different registrations and the VIN numbers were missing.

Boatwright was not at the scene and the two motorcycles were towed back to the owner.

On Sept. 3, a 59-year-old Aiken woman called police claiming her 2018 Kawasaki Mule was stolen from her Bayboro Circle residence.

The victim said the vehicle was stolen sometime around 4:30 a.m., when she was sleeping.

She said she woke up after hearing what sounded like someone hitting a mailbox and looked outside to find the vehicle was missing.

Following an investigation, deputies determined Boatwright was also responsible for stealing this vehicle.

Boatwright was arrested Friday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he is still being held Monday afternoon.

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