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Saturday, July 08, 2017

ATV, dirt bike dealers struggling with thefts

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — As police departments in the D.C. region search for gangs that illegally drive dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, more of those vehicles are hitting the streets as businesses that sell them are targeted by thieves.

“It’s happening all over the place,” said Mike Johnston, owner of the Maryland shop Ellicott City Motorsports. “It’s a huge inconvenience.”

Johnston’s store was recently hit by thieves twice over the course of 10 days. Each time, the criminals took five dirt bikes. They were eventually caught by police.

“Almost all these bikes end up in the city streets,” said Johnston. “It’s a common problem across the country.”

“It’s happening all over the place,” said Mike Johnston, owner of the Maryland shop Ellicott City Motorsports. “It’s a huge inconvenience.” Johnston’s store was recently hit by thieves twice over the course of 10 days. Each time, the criminals took five dirt bikes. They were eventually caught by police. “Almost all these bikes end up in the city streets,” said Johnston. “It’s a common problem across the country.”

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's sort of like the bicycle thefts in Salisbury. Almost all of them end up in one corner of the city.

Anonymous said...

Might want to look in their own back yard

Anonymous said...

In SOME states, if someone trespasses and steals your possessions you are allowed to kill them. just saying

Anonymous said...

Sorry it's not happening everywhere......proper security ....and they won't get stolen....

Anonymous said...

no security.

Anonymous said...

Ellicott City is sort of like the Eastern Shore in many ways, with hills.