On the trail of some Tulsa motorcycle thieves
Monday, March 1st 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
Someone stole $14,000 worth of motorcycles from the front of an east Tulsa home last week. And the owner needs your help finding them.
News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger has the story.
"We were at a go cart place and we went to the back and saw the dirt bikes and we said, 'Man that's cool, so our dad bought us a couple of bikes." And just by talking to 13 year old Cameron and 15 year old Chad Christian Ball for a few minutes, you can tell they love to ride motocross bikes. They say it's not only a hobby, but a passion. â€œItâ€™s a feeling of freedom really; it takes your mind off everything!"
They've been 'riding' for three years. They compete in contests all across the US and have a shelf full of trophies. But between 11 o'clock February 22nd and 10 AM the next morning, someone broke into a trailer and stole four of their motocross bikes. "I walked around and the side of the trailer was open and the bikes were gone. I believe they stuck a screwdriver thru here and popped this off."
The boyâ€™s father says the bandits took $14,000 worth of Suzuki motorcycles and left thousands of dollars worth of bike equipment and tools behind. â€œThey came for motorcycles, yeah, and they got 'em."
They sent a list of the bikes' VIN numbers to all the Suzuki dealers in town in case someone tried to sell one. They were able to recover one of the missing bikes when a man took it to a dealer for parts and discovered it was stolen. The man had no choice but to return it, but he was out the $2,500 he paid the seller.
The boys say they just want their bikes back! They say they're easy to spot and very unique. Everything from the yellow seat covers, to the graphics to the custom made handle bars is noticeable.
Here's a list of the VIN numbers for the missing bikes.
2002 Suzuki RM 85 VIN#LM1RD16C921103566
2002 Suzuki RM 85 VIN#LM1RD16C521100051
2002 Suzuki DRZ110 VIN#JKALX5B193DA03225
If you have any information on who might have them you can call your police department or call Green Country Cycle City or Chad Ball at 918-605-2423.