POLICE SNATCH-A-BIKE CREWS
In Biker issue: number 181’s "Newsmagazine" section, there was a sidebar (“Daytona Warning”) by Lucky in Florida, pertaining to confiscation of motorcycles during Bike Week.
I would like to state I also had a discussion with a deputy sheriff when I
caught him going over my motorcycle in 1998. When I asked him what he was doing,
he told me: checking the numbers. I asked him why he was looking at the
transmission, then, as the bike had a Florida-issued identification tag on the
frame. I reminded him that meant the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles had
already checked the motorcycle and issued a tag saying all other numbers on the
motorcycle were void.
A bike down the line from me was having some trouble, though. A young couple from out of state had recently bought a motorcycle with welded cases. It had the classic crack from behind the front lifter block that many '90- ’91 Harleys develop. The cop was ready to snatch the bike when I gave the female the lawyer’s phone number. She whipped out her cell phone, talked to the lawyer, handed the phone to the cop, and another bike was saved.
After I was home for a few days and going through my March/April 2000 issue of H.O.G
tales from the Harley Owners Group, I came across
an article called "Aftermarket Bike Buyers Beware.”
It told a story about how a
a hot bike after the owner did an insurance scam. It went on to say the cops had
confiscated the bike in Sturgis The article also mentioned Sergeant Bob Kenney
of the Connecticut Auto Theft Task Force who, last time I met up with him, was a
Connecticut state trooper. While I was president of the Connecticut Motorcycle
Rights Association, I filed charges against Trooper Kenney for wrongfully
Trooper Kenney confiscated a motorcycle that was built at a local shop it had a
Sporty front end on a Big Twin. His story was that the numbers didn’t
match when he called it in to the
Harley factory. Of course they didn’t, but nothing had been done by the shop
that was illegal, and all the parts were receipted.
Once they have it, they try to tie you up in court and even in some cases arrest you if you do not agree to let them keep the motorcycle. The bike is then sold. In Connecticut it was to some of Kenney's buddies or other cops for as low as l0 cents on the dollar.
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