The owner of a used motorcycle dealership in Sunnyvale is facing criminal charges of felony grand theft and passing bad checks, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
Robin Tolleson, 48, the owner and manager of Rider's Choice Used Bike Warehouse in Sunnyvale, was arrested Monday by investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the district attorney's office.
Tolleson is being accused of selling used motorcycles on consignment and embezzling more than $65,000 rather than paying the consignors, according to district attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell. In some cases, Tolleson is alleged to have given the consignors bad checks in response to their demands for payment.
The grant theft complaint charges that the total loss to the 22 customers is in excess of $65,000 and dates back two years.
Tolleson is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 14. He remains in jail on $30,000 bail, according to Cornell. If convicted, Tolleson faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months behind bars.
Tolleson has owned and managed Rider's Choice since 2000, according to the district attorney. When Tolleson sold a client's motorcycle, he would pay the client the amount set forth in a consignment agreement. The investigation began after victims began complaining to DMV officials that he failed to pay them, Cornell said.
Anyone with information about this crime is requested to call investigator David Silva of the California Department of Motor Vehicles at 408-341-1150.
Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.