Stolen trailer full of vintage motorcycles found in Seattle

SEATTLE -- A number of vintage motorcycles that were stolen from a group of cross-country motorcycle riders in Tacoma have been recovered in Seattle, police said Wednesday.

A truck, trailer, five vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles and equipment totaling more than $250,000 was swiped from a hotel parking lot in Tacoma.

All the equipment belongs to a team of eight riders who had just completed the 4,000-mile Cannonball Endurance Run from Dayton Beach, Florida to Tacoma.

"To go thousands of miles was just an amazing journey, and to come here and be savored, then to get up and see (the motorcycles) are gone is devastating," David Lloyd, whose vintage Harley Davidson bike was inside the trailer, said Tuesday. "It's just killing the victory."

The truck and trailer full of motorcycles and equipment was parked on the second level of the parking garage at Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma. The truck, trailer and one of the vintage motorcycles belonged to Jon Neuman, who traveled from Texas for the run. He says when he got up Tuesday morning and looked out the hotel window everything was gone.

But Auburn police said they found his truck in Auburn Wednesday morning, and then they got the good news that four of the motorcycles were found in the trailer Wednesday afternoon. Sterling Kingman spotted the trailer in the 2700 block of 7th Place South.

"I saw the bikes in there and called Dave immediately and said, 'I think we found it!' " Kingman said.

Neuman says one of the motorcycles is still missing, along with all the tools and some of the parts.

But the trailer's discovery came just in time, as Neuman said he's convinced the bikes were about to be sold overseas.

"It's not uncommon for trailers to be picked up full of motorcycles and cars and simply put on an ocean container shipped overseas to private collectors," Neuman said.

Now back in the hands of their rightful owners, Neuman and his group will head back to Texas with the four recovered Harleys.

"We're gonna sleep with them until we get them home," Neuman said.

Detectives will be dusting the bikes for fingerprints in the hopes of tracking down the thief or thieves. If you have any information on the theft, you're asked to call Seattle police.
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