LOCKPORT - A Kenmore man was convicted Thursday of stealing a motorcycle while test-driving it and taking it to Texas.
A State Supreme Court jury deliberated for nearly nine hours over two days before rejecting the version of events offered by defendant Daniel J. Harmon, who testified that he traded four pounds of marijuana for the motorcycle. That story was flatly rejected on the witness stand by Joseph Vandewater, sales manager of American Harley-Davidson on Erie Avenue in North Tonawanda.
"Mr. Harmon took a motorcycle for a test drive. He didn't come back. It's very simple. There was no deal. There was no marijuana. It didn't exist," Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali told the jury in his summation.
The theft of the 2010 Harley, priced at $12,495, occurred Sept. 24, 2015. Harmon, 57, of Nassau Avenue, Kenmore, was apprehended with the motorcycle five days later in Texas. He testified he was en route to Arizona to take a job in his cousin's solar panel installation business.
Harmon admitted on the stand that he was convicted of stealing two motorcycles in Virginia in 2014, one by leaving with it during a test drive and the other by writing a bogus check for $13,000.
Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. could send Harmon to prison for as long as seven years when he returns to court Jan. 31 to be sentenced for third-degree grand larceny.