Police officer's stolen bike leads to chop shop find

Publish Date: 
Nov 1, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Some alleged motorcycle thieves took the wrong bike and led police directly an apparent chop shop.

Police recovered four stolen motorcycles intact in a North Philadelphia garage and another parted out in storage bins Oct. 30 after an off-duty officer reported his bike stolen around 2 a.m. A few hours later, an officer patrolling the area received a signal from the bike’s LoJack system.

Police didn't find their suspect, but recovered several motorcycles. Four are allegedly stolen in Philadelphia, another from Bensalem.

Detectives are still trying to arrest a suspect, but they did take his girlfriend in for questioning. Police suspect the vehicles and parts were being shipped to Jamaica.

"It's very profitable, it's untaxed sales," Sgt. Dan Buckley of Major Crimes told WPVI.

Police said the suspect is expected to turn himself in to face theft and other charges related to running a chop shop.

Posted by Holly Wagner