Police: Stolen Bikes Being Sold Online

July 4, 2011

The police  are warning the public about the recent increase in motorcycle thefts throughout the island. Since May 2011, 45 bikes have been stolen, with 30 of them the Honda 125cc Scoopy model.

Police also said they are “aware that local re-sale websites are being used to sell stolen motorcycles. The public should be wary of second hand bikes that look new.” The police also issued a reminder that officers can arrest anyone found riding a stolen motorcycle.

The full Police statement is below:

The Bermuda Police Service is warning the public about the recent increase in motorcycle thefts throughout the island, particularly of the Honda 125cc Scoopy.

Since May 2011, 45 bikes have been stolen. 30 of them were the Honda 125cc Scoopy. These bikes are being stolen from locations across the Island, but areas in Pembroke are being heavily targeted. These areas include Front Street, Happy Valley and areas surrounding the BIU building.

The Bermuda Police Service is advising the public to be more vigilant in locking their motorcycles by using a second lock. Handlebar locks can be easily broken, and a second lock is essential to protecting it from theft.

In some cases, alternate means of transportation are being used to collect stolen bikes. In order to protect your bike, you should park in a well-lit area if possible or use a chain to secure your bike at night.

Police are aware that local re-sale websites are being used to sell stolen motorcycles. The public should be wary of second hand bikes that look new. The retail price for a brand new Honda 125cc Scoopy is approximately $7,000; however some are being sold online for half that amount.

The chances of that particular model being sold for half its retail value is unlikely and potential buyers should take heed before purchasing.

If you are interested in buying a second hand vehicle through local re-sale websites, please contact the Vehicle Crime Unit on 295-0011 if you have any hesitations or concerns.

The Vehicle Crime Unit will assist and ensure that the documentation for the bike is legitimate. They can also answer any concerns you may have about purchasing a second hand vehicle online.

The public is reminded that officers can arrest anyone found riding a stolen auxiliary cycle or motorcycle.

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  1. next? says:

    Where are de copz buying der bikes? $7k for a new Scoopy!!!!!WDF?

  2. Stee'son says:

    My honda Scoopy was stolen outside BIU last week…..These bastards don’t realize/care about the tremendous inconvenience they cause….it’s so frustrating. And that was the second time it was stolen.

  3. Exactly!! says:

    Well, how about they put the bike on a website, I replied then made the purchase from them, went TCD with documents, and find out it’s stolen!!! They made an arrest , but still no charges against the thieves !! Ask plenty of questions, and most def don’t trust girls!!! They are doing it for their boyfriends.

  4. Um juss sane says:

    Told you already, times are dread, ppl gotta eat! If de powers that be wanted change they could have stopped it years ago, but they welcome de chaos, its what they want, I’m convinced. Like de great “Bob” said, “Aint no use, nobody can stop them now!!!”

  5. Nelson says:

    23 may some stole my Suzuki hayate 125 brand new 5months old is black and blue designs unicorn I’m so frustrate hope to get my bike back and realy love to kno who did it carven dish apartments if someone know any info please contact police

  6. Aint nuffin but the truth says:

    These bies don’t understand how much anger they spread doing that. The people stealing the bikes are not doing it to eat, they are doing it for drug money.