A man reported Saturday that his motorcycle had been stolen the previous night and told police that rain and thunder may have provided the perfect cover for the thieves.
Police responded to the man’s call at about 1 p.m. Saturday in the 5300 block of East McKinney Street.
The man told police that he last saw his bike between midnight and 1 a.m. He described his vehicle as a faded red and yellow dirt bike with the word “thumper” painted on one side.
He said he heard strange noises during the night but thought the sounds were caused by the rain and thunder.
The man told police that his dirt bike was chained and locked. The police officer on the scene reported that he found no cut chain or padlock.
The victim told police that he thinks the thieves used an old door that was in a nearby dumpster as a ramp to load the bike onto a vehicle. He told police that when he woke up that morning, the door was on the ground in front of his residence.
Unfortunately for the man, a police officer reported that dusting for prints was impossible because of the rain.
Police entered the motorcycle’s vehicle identification number into a stolen vehicle database.
The victim estimated his motorcycle to be worth about $1,400, according to a police report.
10000 block of East U.S. Highway 380 — A police officer found that the license plate on a Suzuki motorcycle he found on the side of an area road had been tampered with after he checked out the number in a state database Saturday night.
According to the database, the number on the license plate had been issued to the owner of a BMW.
After further inspection, the officer reported that the license plate had been altered with a black permanent marker.
When the officer entered the Suzuki’s original plate number into the database, he found that the motorcycle had been reported as stolen by a Plano man on Friday.
The officer made contact with the Plano Police Department to have the vehicle returned.
2000 block of Paisley Street — A woman reported that three young males broke into her car after her neighbor witnessed the break-in at 7:55 p.m. Saturday.
The woman told police that the thieves took her purse, which contained a pair of headphones and a prescription inhaler.
The neighbor told police that the males looked like they were between 16 and 17 years old. He told an officer that the three hurried away when a car drove by, and one left a scooter behind.
The officer collected descriptions of the three but did not locate any suspects. The officer collected the scooter for evidence, a police report stated.
— John D. Harden
Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.