Police chief says spate of motorcycle thefts ‘unusual’

Oak Harbor police officers are looking for three motorcycles reported as stolen in the last week.

Oak Harbor police officers are looking for three missing motorcycles reported as stolen in the last week.

Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker said two motorcycles were stolen Sunday, Aug. 22. There were also two other thefts — a car and a motorcycle — around the same time, he said. A moped was also reported missing from a trailer park but it was just found pushed into bushes a couple of houses away, he added.

Oak Harbor typically sees two or three vehicle thefts per month, so “this is unusual,” Dresker said.

Three of the missing motorcycles were from Navy members but Dresker said it did not appear that they were targeted because of their military status. The suspect or suspects seemed to be more interested in the type of motorcycle, and the Navy connection “is just a coincidence,” he said.

The three missing bikes include an orange 2008 Kawasaki ZX1000, a black and yellow 2015 Suzuki DR200S4 and a black 2014 BMW.Detectives have a lead that may or may not lead to a suspect, he said.

The police chief encouraged people to lock their motorcycles at night and to keep valuables out of sight in their vehicles to deter car prowlers.

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