Motorcycle retailers and riders in South Florida can feel a bit more secure when parking their bikes in public following recent arrests in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
A year-long investigation into a motorcycle theft ring ended August 12 with raids at six locations, the seizure of dozens of stolen bikes and vehicles, and the arrests of six people facing charges ranging from racketeering and conspiracy to dealing in stolen property.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office says Fredrick “Tony” Woods, a former mechanic, was the key middleman in a group of thieves responsible for hundreds of brand new and late model motorcycles being snatched from South Florida streets. Many of the bikes were then smuggled onto container ships and sent to buyers in the Caribbean.
According to detectives, the ring would target only new or almost new motorcycles with retail values up to $23,000 each. They would grab them from private homes, businesses, or even look for opportunity to steal bikes from riders who happen to pass them on the road.
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