Stolen Bike Alert

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by nmalozzi, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. nmalozzi

    nmalozzi airheaded

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    My father in law came to Denver and bought this 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 900. It and my father in laws trailer was just stolen from the Days Inn in Golden. Keep an eye out. Thanks.

    This is the ad, it's still up. I'll post pics and more details soon too.

    https://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/5988813930.html
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  2. HanzoSteel

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    That sucks, was the trailer unhitched?
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    OK, sorry for the vague post. I was posting from my phone enroute to meet my father-in-law with some much needed Bourbon.

    Anyway, he came into Denver yesterday and purchased the bike. Tossed it on his trailer and intended to store it in my garage for the weekend before heading back to his property near Poncha Pass. Unfortunately, Denver traffic slowed him down and the sun went down before he could get to my place. His lights on his trailer weren't working, so he didn't think it was a good idea to drive to my place. Instead he went straight to his hotel (which was closer), unhitched the trailer near the front desk, asked the staff to keep an eye on it, and went to go buy a some chains and locks to lock it all up. By the time he got back it was gone. Apparently two guys came into the lobby, told the staff they were his sons, and went outside hooked it up and took off. The hotel staff didn't feel comfortable pushing the guys on it at all, and basically just let these guys steal it. They didn't even call the police until my father-in-law returned. Just sucks all around.

    Anyway, here are the details of the bike in case anyone sees it pop up for sale:

    2015 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT.
    Two saddles bags.
    1712 miles
    Black with green striping
    Two keys.
    Small scratch on front fender. Thin and 1-1/2-2 inches long

    And here are the photos pulled from the seller's CL add:

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    We know there's not much hope of recovering it, but I had to at least put the word out. Even if it is just a reminder to lock your trailers up.
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  4. Dorito

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    Post the VIN. Usually after a few days if someone Googles it, it will come up with this thread.
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  5. HanzoSteel

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    Surely there must me video from the front desk lobby.
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  6. nmalozzi

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    Good call. I'm at work, but I asked him to send me the VIN when he has a chance. I'll post it once I have it.
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  7. nmalozzi

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    I didn't personally speak with the officer, but it sounded like they were trying to obtain that footage.
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    VIN for the stolen bike is: JKAVN2D16FA054082
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    mjskier Been here awhile

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    Makes you wonder if the staff is on the take.
    Sounds suspicious to me that he asked the front desk to watch the bike, and 2 guys magically showed up while he was on an errand...
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  10. nmalozzi

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    Yea, I had the same thought too. I can't say I would have thought of that in the moment though, but I can be a bit too trusting in others as well.
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    Another evil thought to consider would be the guy who sold him the bike. If your dad mentioned the lights not working when he picked up the bike, and they followed him to see if an opportunity arose... Or it was just about the trailer that they just had to have...

    Crazy shitty feeling you get when someone steals from you. Really sorry to hear about this and I hope they catch them, handcuff them to the bumper, and then drive the long way to the police station.
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  12. papa_j

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    Or maybe it was just a jackass move on your father-in-law's part; parking a new motorcycle on an unlocked trailer in a motel parking lot. And trusting a guy who has 100 other people to look after while making 12 bucks an hour compounded the stupidity. I guess the only thing that could make this less surprising if it was parked at a brothel in Mexico with a banner saying, "Thank You, Zetas. This bike is for you".

    Next bike he buys he should show up with a bow.
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  13. nmalozzi

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    Mistakes were made, pretty sure that was obvious. Wasn't posting looking for your approval. Just wanted to put the word out in case anyone saw the bike and could help. At the end of the day, lock or no lock, a crime was commited. Hardly see the value in being a dick about it.

    The investigator assured us that the hotel employee at the front desk will be questioned again. The story given, and some other details make them look guilty, or at least questionable.

    I brought up the seller with my father in law. He didn't seem to think it was him. He spent over an hour with the guy driving to the sellers Credit Union to get the title. He didn't think the seller was a criminal. Nice guy, kids, etc. Sure it could still be him, but signs point to the hotel employee.

    At any rate. It's probably long gone by now, but if you see it let me know. Thanks.
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  14. papa_j

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    That is the point I am trying to make. Keep sweating the front desk guy. Ultimately he is responsible for everything in the hotel parking lot despite clearly marked signs to the contrary. He probably has a wife and three kids and your jackass father-in-law and the police showing up three or four times is definitely going to help him keep or progress in his job. Leave the guy alone. Take some responsibility for something.
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    Not everything is a conspiracy. You don't need to dust the parking lot for finger prints. Move on. Lesson learned.
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    He has moved on. The decision to investigate the hotel employee was the choice of the investigator assigned to the case. My father in law knows he made a mistake, but like i said that doesn't negate the fact that a crime was committed. If the police choose to keep investigating because there is evidence or leads to chase then that's their prerogative and their job.

    When did I say this was a conspiracy? You make it sound like I've spent the entire weekend playing junior private eye. I just posted a thread in case folks happened to spot the bike for sale or on the street. We know it's a slim chance and I've expressed defeat in nearly every post to this thread. At the very least i was hoping this thread would be a reminder to lock up your shit... you know, LITERALLY the last thing I said in my second post.
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    You're the jackass here. Someone steals your shit and you just shrug and oh well, he must have kids to feed? They need to hold the desk clerk's feet to the fire. Whether the bike & trailer are returned or not, they need to find the perps.
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    So which scenario is more likely;

    Pablo Escobar (the night clerk at a days inn) is working 38 hours a week (they will not let him have full time employment because they don’t want to pay benefits) waiting for your father-in-law to buy a motorcycle, book a room, and randomly decided to drop off the motorcycle instead of taking it to a waiting locked garage. He waits patiently for the unsuspecting rube to decide to unhitch the trailer with a new motorcycle in it. He then calls in two harden criminals to, wait for it; back up and set the trailer on their hitch and drive off. If I am not mistaken that was the plot to oceans eleven. Mr. Escobar then quits the job and lives the rest of his life on an island that he and his friends rent.

    Or.

    Two guys routinely patrol motel parking lots waiting for an unhitched trailer to be towed or dragged away.

    Look, that guy can be guilty but before we light the torches maybe we should just see this as the cautionary tale that it is and move on.

    Your father-in-law learned an expensive lesson.

    Before the dog pile starts just realized that I do the same thing. The other day I walked into Steamworks in Durango, tossed my keys to some kid, and said, “Keep an eye on that for me.” I guess the kid who was holding my keys was just more trustworthy.

    As the original poster said, "It just sucks all around".

    If I were the desk clerk I would have been pissed that your father-in-law even implicated him with this bullshit, "Keep an eye on it for me."
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    ^^Do you feel better now? Man you just don't know when to quit :stfu
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