Burglars smash into NM dealer, take three dirt bikes

Publish Date: 
Jul 31, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Authorities are looking for thieves who broke into Bobby J's Yamaha motorcycle shop July 18 and made off with three high-priced dirt bikes.

Shop owner Stan Johnson believes the thieves used a truck to smash through the front of the store. "The old way was they didn't tear up the building. This way, that really pisses me off about the building ... It's going to be a lot of work to fix that thing," Johnson told KOAT.

Johnson said the bikes are worth about $8,000 each, and the theft was not the first in the store's 50-year history.

"Three years ago, we had them three years before that. At one time, we were having them every three months. I guess you just get immune to it," Johnson said. "It happens. You just shrug your shoulders and keep going."

Johnson has remained open but been forced to board up parts of the store’s windows until he can make repairs.

"(The robbers) could have come, called me up, I could have come down open the door, walked in a grabbed a couple. It would have made me happier. You know, I wouldn't have had a building tore up," Johnson said. "It's not right. We work hard for our money, and we are fair with everybody."