New York authorities arrest 33 in motorcycle theft ring

Publish Date: 
Jul 27, 2012

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Authorities have arrested 33 people in connection with a motorcycle theft ring that prosecutors say targeted high-end motorcycles.

The prosecutor in charge of the case, Diana Florence, said runners would steal minivans, then drive around Manhattan looking for Ducati, Kawasaki and Husqvarna cycles parked on city streets. The thieves would pull alongside, load the bikes into the back of their vans and drive off – a process authorities say took about 30 seconds per bike.

At least 10 guns and 50 expensive motorcycles were collected in the sweep, which was the culmination of a 17-month joint NYPD-Manhattan district attorney investigation.

Prosecutors are charging 33 people with enterprise corruption related to the stolen bikes and gun sales. The district attorney’s office says some of the bikes were dismantled and sold overseas.

Posted by Holly Wagner