CRIME WATCH: Thief takes off on test-ride motorcycle

Publish Date: 
Mar 20, 2012

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Authorities in the Denver suburb of Englewood are on the lookout for a man who rode off on a bike in broad daylight after posing as a customer at a dealership.

"We've been in business for 25 to 30 years," Steele's Motorcycles salesman Greg Zick told KUSA. "It's the first time it's happened."

Surveillance cameras caught the man riding off on the 2007 Yamaha R1 a day after checking out the bike with the salesman.

"I recognized him immediately. [I] was happy to see him, obviously," Zick says. He pushed the motorcycle outside so the customer could listen to the engine.

"He just wanted to hear it run," Zick says. "I started it. I turned around for a second to take my hoodie off, literally. And he just threw a leg over it and took off."

The man, Zick and manager Brandon Steele say, is Hispanic, 5'8" to 5'9" tall, with a slender build. They say he had a black hat, and had a "lazy walk." The bike is valued at $7,995.

Steele's Motorcycles is offering a reward in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Sheridan Police at 303-762-2234.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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