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Bold motorcycle theft caught on surveillance video

4:33 PM, Mar 16, 2012   |    comments
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"We've been in business for 25 to 30 years," Zick said. "It's the first time it's happened."

Thursday, Zick showed a 2007 Yamaha R1 to a customer who had returned to the shop just a day after scoping out the bike.

"I recognized him immediately," Zick said. "[I] was happy to see him, obviously."

While Zick recognized the man's face, he didn't catch his name.

He pushed the motorcycle outside.

"He just wanted to hear it run," Zick said. "I started it. I turned around for a second to take my hoodie off, literally. And he just threw a leg over it and took off."

Surveillance video shows the incident in broad daylight. Two other customers and a salesman watched the alleged thief take off with the bike.

"I mean that's the crazy part," shop manager Brandon Steele said.

"I was just kind of in amazement this guy had the huevos to do it in front of everybody," Zick said.

The man, Zick and Steele said, is Hispanic 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a slender build. They say he had a black hat, and had a "lazy walk."

The bike is valued at $7,995. The bike's VIN is #JYARN20E87A007178 and it had about 13,000 miles on it.

Steele's Motorcycles is offering a reward in this case. If you have information, you're asked to call Sheridan Police at 303-762-2234.

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