Bikers Get Robbed Heading to Daytona

stolen bikesBill Rogers of Beaver Falls Pennsylvania won’t ever forget Bike Week 2014, and that’s not a good thing.   On the trip down last week,  he and his friends were hauling their motorcycles and stopped in the Days Inn on St. Matthews Rd  in Orangeburg South Carolina Thursday March 6th to spend the night and get a little shuteye.

The next morning their Ford F-350 and trailer containing 4 Harley-Davidson motorcycles had vanished, and no one, including the clerk saw anything.

Three of the bikes are Electa-Glides and one is a FXR.

Bill Rogers said, “This is a dream. I need to wake up.  Somebody run cold water over my head or something.”

Police in the area told Rogers they have had numerous thefts of trailers and there was a good chance they might find the bikes and the truck abandoned.

For more see the video on WTAE

To prevent the theft of your bike while traveling, experts recommend you do several things.   Pick a hotel that is on the main section of town, not out of the way on a dead end street.  Park in a well lit area of the hotel, preferably in front where the clerk and security cameras can watch your bike. Chain your bike to something solid, like a post and make sure the chain and lock does not touch the ground, to prevent the thief from using the ground as an anvil to break the lock.  Install a GPS locator on the bike, such as the one shown here.  It might not stop a thief, but it will help law enforcement find your bike.
Install an alarm.  In this case (where the bike is in a trailer) an alarm wouldn’t have prevented the theft, when your bike is parked in front of a hotel, restaurant or bar, it will alert you and others around you, when a thief tries to move it. Higher priced alarms and other systems can also alert you via text or email when your bike is moved.  And, if possible, block your vehicle or bike in the parking space with another vehicle which makes it harder for the thieves to get to the bike.

For extra security, you could install this locking “boot” device that’s used by police departments when they want to impound a vehicle for unpaid parking tickets.   While none of these measures will stop a determined thief or thieves, hopefully they’ll notice how much trouble it would be to steal your property and move on to easier pickings.

Why You Shouldn’t Allow Anyone To Test Drive Your Bike

There’s a bike thief on the loose who is using Craigslist to steal motorcycles from unsuspecting sellers and police are warning the suspect is armed and has shot at least one victim in the leg.   Police now have a photo of the suspect and are asking for your help to catch him.  Police hope enough people will share his image on social media that someone will recognize him and report him to the authorities.

Share this photo on your social media feed and help catch this dangerous bike thief before he hurts someone else

Share this photo on your social media feed and help catch this dangerous bike thief before he hurts someone else

The latest theft took place in Gallatin Tennessee on Feb 19th when the suspect and an accomplice showed up at a residence on Stonehouse Drive when the victim advertised the sale of a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road Glide on Craigslist.

The suspect took the vehicle on a test drive but never returned.  Another person, who had been hiding in the suspect’s 2004-05 black GMC Yukon or Denali, got into the driver’s seat and fled the victim’s residence.

Police say the same suspect is involved in three other Craigslist thefts dating back to earlier 2013 in Gallatin, Bowling Green KY and Lafayette, TN.

In Bowling Green the suspect shot the owner of the stolen motorcycle after he refused to allow him to take the bike for a test drive.

flash-meIf you’re selling your bike online, Police recommend not showing the bike at your home and don’t take it to a parking lot, or other deserted location to show the vehicle, and don’t go alone.  Police say that thieves and con artists will use excuses such as “I don’t get off work until 9pm” or they’ll ask you to meet them in a parking lot of a motorcycle dealer but “after hours” hoping you won’t realize the business is closed.

The best way to deter thieves is to suggest meeting in the parking lot of the local fire department or police station, or a local shopping center where a sheriff’s department substation is located.  Also, never allow anyone to test drive the motorcycle if you have the slightest suspicion they’re not legitimate.  Ask to keep their driver’s license and make sure the photo matches and they have more than one form of identification.

If you have any information, contact Gallatin Tennessee Police Department at 615-452-1313.

Police are looking for the man who took this 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a test drive last month and never returned. / Source: Gallatin Police Department

Police are looking for the man who took this 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a test drive last month and never returned. / Source: Gallatin Police Department