Waynesboro Man Speaks Out on Stopping Moped Theft

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A 52-year-old Waynesboro man is speaking out about a crime he says he stopped in progress.

Norbert Garcia says enough is enough. People have repeatedly tried to steal his mopeds, but things ended very differently when someone tried this weekend.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Garcia says he looked outside when he heard someone creeping on his property.

"Opened up the door, and there he was on the other side of the other property over there trying to push it away,” said Garcia.

Garcia saw someone trying to steal his moped, and then a chase ensued. Garcia ran after the suspect - his sons caught up too - and Garcia tackled the would-be thief.

"I just held him, and told him, you know, called the cops and all that once we had him,” said Garcia.

Police arrived and arrested 24-year-old Sean Thomas Ryan.

"He cut the locks off, he broke our steering wheel, he dropped it and when he dropped it he also broke our little luggage rack on the back. I mean all this damage just happened in one fraction of a second,” said Garcia.

Sgt. Brian Edwards with Waynesboro police says the community needs to watch out for this type of crime.

"Mopeds are hot little commodities in Waynesboro, and really all over, because they're expensive and you can easily move them, really by yourself, and pretty quietly,” said Edwards.

Ryan now faces charges for grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.

"He had quite a bit of stuff inside. He had everything he needed to do to get inside somebody's stuff and give someone a miserable time around here,” said Edwards.

Garcia and his neighbors are pleased with the unlikely outcome.

"We kind of like, got a menace off the road,” said Garcia.

Ryan sustained a dislocated shoulder as a result of the scuffle. He was treated at Augusta Health.

Ryan is scheduled to appear in Waynesboro General District Court on May 12 at 2:30 p.m.

City of Waynesboro Police Department Press Release

The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Waynesboro man after he was subdued by a citizen from whom he was trying to steal a moped. Sean Thomas Ryan, 24 years old, is facing two felonies, Grand Larceny and Possession of Burglarious Tools after the Saturday morning incident.

On April 26 at approximately 1:00 AM, officers responded to the 700 block of North Augusta Avenue for a report of a “theft in progress.” When they arrived, they found Ryan being held on the ground by a 52-year-old Waynesboro man. According to the man, he witnessed Ryan taking a $400 moped from his property. When the victim went outside and yelled for Ryan to stop, he dropped the moped and fled on foot.

The victim pursued Ryan and tackled him a short distance later. He held him until the officers arrived and arrested him. During the search of Ryan’s belongings, the officers found a screwdriver, bolt cutters and wire cutters.

Ryan sustained a dislocated shoulder as the result of being apprehended by the moped owner. He was treated at Augusta Health Emergency Department and released to officers. He is being held on a $2500 bond at MRRJ.