WAYNESBURG – A 22-year-old Cumberland Township man who pleaded guilty last week to stealing a car was sentenced to 21 months to six years in state prison.
Bailey Charles Thorne, of 302 Cedarwood Drive, pleaded guilty to theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of an automobile for stealing a car Feb. 5 on South Market Street in Carmichaels.
Police said Thorne was at Nancy Howard’s home Feb. 4 when he took her car keys. He returned early the next morning and stole the car, according to the criminal complaint. Police said he drove to 183 Eddys Run Road in Wayne Township, where OnStar disabled the vehicle after Howard reported it stolen.
When police arrested Thorne, he told police he took the car “just to joyride,” according to court documents.
Greene County Judge Lou Dayich gave Thorne credit for time served since Feb. 5, and ordered him to pay $450 in restitution to Howard.
Thorne is still serving other sentences, including two sex assault cases from 2014. Thorne was involved in sexual relationships with two different teenage girls in 2014, when he was 19 years old. One incident, involving a 14-year-old girl, happened in an unoccupied mobile home at the Route 21 Mobile Home Park in September 2014. In the other case, involving a 15-year-old girl, charges were filed in April 2015, for an incident that happened at a Nemacolin residence. In each of those cases, he was separate sentences of 11 ½ to 23 ½ months in jail.
The district attorney’s office waived his ineligibility for a recidivism risk reduction incentive program, which is normally not available to sex offenders which Thorne will be registered as for the next 15 years.