AMARILLO -- On July 26, Amarillo Police fficers investigated the overnight theft of a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle and the trailer it was on from the parking lot atthe Motel 6 on 4301 E. IH-40. The motorcycle was marked as being in the Womens Freedom Ride. Several people had signed the sides of the trailer to express support of the ride.
On July 31, investigators developed information that the stolen motorcycle could be found in a fenced lot in the 4000 block of S. Polk. Officers located the owner of the property, and he gave officers consent to search it. When the officers entered the area, they found the stolen motorcycle trailer. It had been concealed under mattresses and pallets. Police later found windshield of the stolen motorcycle, along with a few other small parts that had been removed from the motorcycle. The motorcycle was not on the property.
On August 23, officers were sent to an apartment complex in the 4300 block of S. Austin. Someone reported seeing two motorcycles in the garage of a vacant apartment. One of the motorcycles was the stolen Harley Davidson. The other was a blue 2003 Suzuki GXSR 600. The Suzukis ignition was broken out, and several parts had been removed from the bike.
APD auto theft investigators said that 24 motorcycles have been reported stolen in Amarillo this year. They have been stolen from various places, including from trailers. Nine have been recovered. Investigators suggest that motorcycle owners take extra steps to protect their motorcycle, especially if it is being kept or transported on an open trailer.