Fresno CA Eric Reyes dying wish was to bequeath his 2000 HD Road King to his 9 year old son. Unfortunately, thieves broke into the Pancho Villa Riders clubhouse the day after Reyes funeral and stole the bike. Eric’s wife, Irene Reyes made an impassioned plea on local television station KMPH “Please bring it back, it’s not for the money. It’s the only thing Eric wanted for his son.” watch the video KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source
Thieves took advantage of a death to burglarize Mathews Harley-Davidson in Fresno California. On Thursday march 28th, someone heaved a large stone through the plate glass door and in less than 4 minutes stole $6,000 worth of leather jackets. The theft occurred the same day employees and customers were burying 90 year old Eva Mathews. Eva and her late husband Harold worked in the dealership since 1953 and moved from Merced to Fresno in 1961.
“The video of our security shows he didn’t look around when he came in, like, ‘which way do I go,’ “ Cara Mathews told KFSN. “He was there on a mission. Walked right past the motorcycles and straight to the jackets so I feel that he had been in here before and kinda scoped it out.”
Police say the video shows the thief spreading a sheet on the floor and filling it with leather jackets, hooking it up and fleeing the store. Jackets fell out all along the way up to and beside the freeway where the trail ended and police assume he got into a car and fled the scene. (Edited 4/5/13 to correct misspellings)
Debbie Plunkett says someone stole her husband and she wants him back. The Spokane Washington woman told television station KXLY that someone broke into her home and took a customized Harley-Davidson gas tank and matching fenders that belonged to her late husband, Carl Jackson. Inside the gas tank were her husband’s ashes. Plunkett told the reporter that using the gas tank as a funeral urn made sense to her and her family because Jackson loved his motorcycle. “He won tons of trophies with it. That was his pride and joy. Every Sunday he was washing it, washing and polishing it,” she said.
Plunkett believes the thief, or thieves knew the ashes were in the tank but didn’t care. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Department.
It was intended to be used to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation but thieves made off with the pink Harley-Davidson Sportster this past August. (link to that story here)
The bike, signed by notable country stars such as Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, and Taylor Swift has been recovered by police in a raid on a suspected meth lab in Kentucky. Police say the bike had been partially stripped, as was one other motorcycle, also recovered.
“You hate to see the condition it’s in now. Hopefully we can revive it and help raise some more money. Maybe this will help get the word out even better so this can be a better situation for everybody,” said Shane Richmond, at Wildcat Harley-Davidson in London, KY. Wildcat H-D donated the bike to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Lexington, KY, affiliate for fundraising purposes.
The Susan G. Komen foundation has been hit by thieves who stole a trailer containing a 2010 customized Harley-Davidson Sportster that was to be auctioned off for the charity later this year. The pink bike was signed by many celebrities and was expected to bring in over 100,000 for breast cancer research. Read the full story here