Stolen vehicle might have been used in motorcycle theft

Monday, August 9, 2010 | 4:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A white van reported stolen from a T.G.I. Friday’s on Saturday afternoon might have been used to steal two motorcycles reported stolen earlier that day, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

The van, a white 1997 Dodge Caravan with Missouri license plate KE0G8X, was locked, and keys were not left inside. It was stolen from the T.G.I. Friday’s at 3030 I-70 Drive Southeast.

Officers said police also suspect that a white van was used to steal two Suzuki motorcycles Saturday morning from the parking lot of the Ramada Inn at 901 Conley Road. Officers saw a vehicle matching the description on the security tapes of a nearby business.

The owners of the vehicle, who are from Grandview and were staying in a nearby hotel, later retrieved items believed to be discarded from the van. Officers recovered the items, including a red gas can, two sleeping bags and other miscellaneous items, from near a Dumpster at the 3600 block of I-70 Drive Southeast.

The motorcycles reported stolen from the Ramada Inn were:

  • An orange and black 2008 Suzuki GSX 1300 with the Missouri license plate BD8WP — emblazoned with a chrome skull on its left side and a multicolored hand grenade on the other.
  • A white and gray 2009 Suzuki GSX.

A dark green 1981 Honda Goldwing, with Georgia license plate CY46NH, was also reported missing Thursday from the La Quinta Inn, 2500 I-70 Drive Southwest.

The thefts occurred during the 33rd annual National Bikers Roundup that took place from Aug. 3 to 8 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. An estimated 12,000 people attended the event.

Officers are investigating, and anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

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