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Recovery of a Stolen Dirt Bike in Maryland

Trooper’s Truck Inspection Leads to Recovery of a Stolen Dirt Bike

(Essex, MD) – An alert state trooper’s inspection of a tow truck with an equipment violation lead to the recovery of a stolen dirt bike and the arrest of a juvenile yesterday evening in Baltimore County.

The suspect is not being identified due to the suspect being a juvenile.  The juvenile was charged with theft and possession of marijuana. The juvenile was released to the custody of his father.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. yesterday, a Maryland state trooper assigned to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division was monitoring traffic on southbound Maryland Avenue at Platinum Road, when he observed a tow truck with a non-working headlamp. Subsequently the trooper made a traffic stop and conducted an inspection. The tow truck was towing a Kawasaki KX 100 dirt bike. Further investigation by the trooper determined the dirt bike was reported stolen in January 2016 through Baltimore City Police Department.

The preliminary investigation revealed the driver had no knowledge the bike was reported stolen. The driver of the tow truck advised the bike was being towed at the request of his front seat passenger, identified as the accused juvenile. The tow truck operator further advised the juvenile was riding the bike earlier and flagged him down due to running out of fuel.

Maryland State Police contacted the Baltimore City Police Department and advised them of the recovery. The bike was later returned to the owner. The owner of the Kawasaki KX 100 dirt bike expressed his gratitude to the trooper and advised the trooper he thought he would never see his bike again.

CONTACT:    Cpl. DaVaughn Parker, Office of Media Communications , 410-653-4236