Police report they’re seeing a spike in motorcycle thefts. So far this month, they’ve recorded five stolen motorbikes, and four in the last seven days.
Cayman 27’s Joe Avary met with some of the victims who say something must be done.
“To be honest when I saw it was gone, I pretty much knew it was gone and I’ll never see it again,” said Ioana Popescu, who discovered her Yamaha YBR 125 stolen from the Marquee Place carpark on December the 8th.
“It might have been used for parts, it might have been repainted, I don’t know. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever see it again,” she said.
“I never expected it to happen,” said Ben Chiles, who decided to walk to work on Wednesday the 14th.
When he got back to his home at Lakeside apartments, his red Zongshen GYA 125 was gone.
“I was more shocked than anything, I think, I was like where did I leave it, but that was it – gone,” he said.
These are just two of at least five motorbike thefts this month.
A black and white Zongshen GYA 125 was reportedly stolen from the J Michael outlet on Thursday the 15th. A black Yamaha YBR 125 was ripped off from the Island Pines apartments on Saturday the 17th. Another red Yamaha YBR was stolen from Casa 43 on Tuesday the 13th.
“I think something needs to be done about it if all these bikes are disappearing,” said Mr. Chiles.
“I mean, these bikes don’t evaporate, they go somewhere, and I’m pretty sure we can find out where,” said Ms. Popescu.
She suggested trying to catch the thieves red-handed.
“A sting operation would be great. Just put a GPS logger on a bike, let it get stolen, and see where it goes. It would solve a lot of problems,” she said.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to call George Town Police Station at 949-4222. Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via their Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online at the link: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=681