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True Story by Rogue There have been many stories about stolen motorcycles over the years and one that has to be included is about a Connecticut State Trooper R.J Kenny. We originally did some articles on him and his tactics back in the ’70s in Easyriders and were retaliated against for doing so. More on that as the article continues. Click Here to Read this Article on Bikernet.com Join the Cantina for more – Subscribe Today https://www.bikernet.com/pages/custom/subscription.aspx
The Investigation is Ongoing Hey, I wrote my first book around a stolen motorcycle called Prize Possession. It was about my bike being stolen from the Easyriders magazine offices in Agoura Hills. Recently, we thought about writing a series about stolen motorcycles. Readers started to send me news clippings about motorcycle thieves. The stories keep coming. So, we decided to create an archive of Stolen motorcycle stories. Ride Fast and Free Forever, — Bandit Click Here to check out this new series of articles on Bikernet.com Join the Cantina for more – Subscribe Today. https://www.bikernet.com/pages/custom/subscription.aspx CLICK HERE TO BUY BANDIT’s FIRST BOOK AT 5-BALL RACING SHOP
by Cameron Evans from https://www.washingtontimes.com MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – Miles McCarvel didn’t think he was ever going to get his 1972 Harley-Davidson motorcycle back after it was stolen four years ago. On. Oct 13, though, he came home to find the bike leaning up against his garage. The bike looked exactly the same as the last time McCarvel saw it: it was still missing a battery, the tires were flat and it didn’t have any new miles on it. “I was like ‘what the hell,’ you know? I couldn’t believe it,” he told the Missoulian. McCarvel hopped out of his car, took a picture of the red Aermacchi Harley-Davidson 350 Sprint and made a post on Facebook that read: “I built this bike when I was 20 years old! Glad to have it back. I guess there’s good things happening in the world too.” The post received over 350 reactions and over a hundred comments, including one comment from a person who said their cousin also had a stolen truck returned a couple weeks later with a $20 bill on the console. Missoula Police Department public information officer Travis Welsh said it isn’t very often that people return items they’ve stolen without police intervention, and said that once a theft has already occurred, any weight given to the gesture of returning the item at a later time would be determined by a prosecutor.
by Melissa Klein from https://nypost.com The city may have been on lockdown, but motorcycle thefts revved up in New York City. The number of motorcycles and mopeds stolen this year hit 1,348 through Sept. 20, up from 916 in the same period in 2019, according to statistics from the NYPD. The 47% surge is part of an overall increase in vehicle thefts in 2020. A total of 6,107 cars, motorcycles and mopeds were swiped citywide through Sept. 20, up a stunning 63% from the same period last year, NYPD data shows. The NYPD has blamed the increase on the state’s bail reform laws which prohibit pretrial detention for many alleged crimes. The East New York and Cypress Hills neighborhoods in Brooklyn are the city’s grand theft auto hot spots followed by Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Motorcycle thefts had previously been on the decline in the Big Apple, dropping 9% from 2018 to 2019, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Gavriel Cohen, 27, a bartender who started an Instagram page to help motorcycle owners track down their stolen rides after his own bike was taken in 2018, called the thefts “rampant.” “It’s all bundled up with the lack of law and order going on in the city right now,” Cohen said. So far, the Instagram page led to one motorcycle being reunited with its owner. In June, cops nabbed an ex-con for allegedly taking a stolen Suzuki motorcycle on a 1 train on the Upper West Side. When he was caught on June 16, it was the sixth arrest for Frank Pagan that month alone. Ramiro Vigil, 34, a biomedical engineer from Park Slope, said thieves swiped his 2019 BMW bike in early August near his home. He said video footage showed three or four
by Nujaree Raekrun from https://www.bangkokpost.com A naked man seized a motorcycle from a shocked woman at an intersection in Sichon district on Sunday and rode off on it, and police finally found him at a nearby market on Tuesday – still without clothes. Sunday’s incident occurred in full view of pedestrians and motorists. It was videoed and posted on the Ruamphon Khon Tha Sala Facebook page and, unsurprisingly, went viral. The clip, lasting 49 seconds, showed a man aged around 30 sitting naked on the road divider at Phuyai Pluem intersection in Tha Sala district. He walked towards a woman motorcyclist who stopped at the red light. As the man approached she was clearly frightened, then abandoned her motorcycle and ran away. The naked man then took possession of her bike, sitting on it and preparing to drive off. Then a rescue worker ran into the video and tried to stop him. He was kicked away by the naked thief, who then rode off on the bike. Earlier on Sunday, rescue workers saw a naked man sleeping alongside another road in Tha Sala district. They bundled him into their vehicle intending to take him to Tha Sala Hospital. But when they stopped at Phuyai Pluem intersection the man woke up, became very agitated and jumped from the vehicle. He sat down on the road divider – and then the unfortunate woman drew up at the red light on her motorcycle. Local police assigned to the case said they arrested a naked man at Kimsong market, in the same district, on Tuesday. He was taken to Tha Sala Hospital.
by Mark Feuerborn, Kelli Peltier from https://www.ksnt.com/ TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A local motorcycle vendor and museum thanked the Topeka Police Department after a man stole cash and property from their building. 29-year-old Floyd Earl Taylor III, the man accused of breaking into Harley-Davidson in Topeka, is in jail. Harley Davidson of Topeka’s general manager, Eli Geiger, said a burglar broke in on Monday night. “It was a sinking feeling. You know it’s a terrible feeling,” Geiger said. The burglar got away with money, merchandise, and even took items belonging to employees. Police were able to find the suspect the next day. “The detective work was spot on, they were quick and very thorough and led to an arrest,” Geiger said. Officers arrested Taylor on Tuesday at the Capitol Plaza hotel and found all of the stolen items. Taylor faces charges of burglary and theft of items and cash totaling more than $1,500, according to his booking record. Taylor also faces an additional charge for possession of a controlled substance. Taylor is in the Shawnee County Jail on a combined $20,000 bond.
from https://www.dcourier.com ZANESVILLE, Ohio — A 20-year-old Prescott man was sentenced to four years in prison after leading officers on a high-speed chase through two counties in Ohio last week. Andrew Johansen was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to three felony counts. According to prosecutors, some time before Dec. 11 Johansen answered an ad for a motorcycle for sale in Canton, Ohio. He asked to test drive the motorcycle and drove away with the bike. On Dec. 11, an officer tried to stop a silver Honda motorcycle on I-70 in Cambridge, Ohio. The driver, later identified as Johansen, refused to comply and sped away, reaching speeds of up to 130 miles per hour. After leading officers and state troopers on a high-speed chase that continued on and off the interstate and through heavy traffic, Johansen eventually lost control of the motorcycle and was taken into custody, police said. In a statement to media, Ohio State Patrol said they suspected the cold weather affected Johansen’s ability to control the bike. According to the statement, Johansen’s first words to law enforcement were, “I’m cold.” Officers on the scene noted that Johansen was shivering and displayed symptoms of hypothermia at the time of his arrest. According to Arizona court records, Johansen has a criminal history in Arizona. Since 2017, he has been charged with unlawful flight from pursuing law enforcement, fraudulent schemes and artifices, shoplifting, trafficking in stolen property, failure to appear in court and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. The past charges were filed in Prescott Valley and Yavapai County. Due to a recent conviction and probation status in Arizona, Johansen agreed to waive his investigation and move to sentencing. He was sentenced to four years for failure to comply, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business. According to a report
Someone stole the 26” wheel off this motorcycle in Daytona. Complete motorcycles were also stolen. John Rogue is going to try and find out how many motorcycles were stolen this year if he can. The Motorcycle Task Force is usually in town supposedly looking for stolen motorcycles, wonder if they found any. How much tax payer money is spent sending the task force to motorcycle events and what is their success rate if anything?