Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Victoria, BC- Patrol officers were able to reunite a stolen, one-of-a-kind, custom motorcycle with its relieved owner after a day-long investigation.

At 8 a.m. on August 2nd, Patrol officers were called to a hotel in the 600-block of Courtney Street after a guest at the hotel stepped out of his hotel room to discover his unique, one-of-a-kind, custom motorcycle had been stolen. The man had spent a significant period of time restoring and customizing the “café racer” style bike and had journeyed to Vancouver Island for a motorcycle trip on this bike.  Surveillance footage from the scene showed a man in a van stop and load the motorcycle into the back of the van and then depart.

Armed with this evidence, Patrol officers were able to track down the registered owner of the van, who indicated that he’d lent the van to his daughter. Officers then located the registered owner’s daughter, who in turn indicated a friend, a Victoria man, had taken it, presumably to run an errand.

Utilizing several investigative techniques, these Patrol officers were able to track down the Victoria man who had taken the motorcycle and locate it outside a shop in downtown Victoria at approximately 3:30 pm. Officers then called the owner of the motorcycle and reunited him with it. The owner noted that the motorcycle was already in the process of being dismantled. However, he was also extremely grateful for the resolve with which our officers investigated the file and insisted they pose for a photograph with him and his motorcycle.

Patrol officers with the happy motorcycle owner

The file remains under investigation.

If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report what you know anonymously, please call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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