Theft victims take action, get their stolen motorcycles back

SEATTLE -- Two Seattle men say their motorcycles were stolen right in front of their homes, and while both men were able to get their bikes back, they say they're not quite happy with the way things worked out.

It's been nearly two weeks since Tony Woo's motorcycle was stolen outside his Wallingford home. On Friday, he finally got the bike back.

"Its a good ending to this really crappy nightmare," he said.

Woo spent hours online posting pictures of his bike, and during his research he learned of many more similar thefts.

"Seven motorcycles stolen in the wallingford area," he said.

Shawn Bruner knows what it feels like to be victimized by thieves. He said his bike was stolen outside his Dexter Avenue home two weeks ago.

Like Woo, Bruner took to the Internet to find his bike. And after three days he got a good lead.

"I ran across a bike that looked just like mine," he said. "Certain parts were off of it though, but those were a hint because they were only parts that would be identifiable to my bike."

Bruner played detective and started a new ebay account, which led him to the person selling what he believed was his stolen bike. He used the white pages to find the seller's address, which he said he handed over to police.

"When the cops showed up the garage door was up and he was taking about the bike," Bruner said.

Bruner got the bike back, but he said it's not the same.

"There's enough missing parts right now that my bike is considered totalled, even though I have it," he said. "It feels like a victorious defeat at the moment, but it may turn in to a victory."

Woo agrees that his returned bike may not be worth the stress.

"You don't want to keep looking over your shoulder and wondering what going to happen today, will it get stolen today if I leave out here for an hour?" he said.

Police say the best way to protect your motorcycle is to have it insured, write down the VIN number and always lock it up.