Despite multiple surveillance cameras and a well-lit parking lot, brazen thieves in Manchester stole $30,000 of dirt bikes from Manchester Honda/KTM/Husqvarna early Tuesday morning.
According to the store manager, the crime took place around 12:30 a.m.
Six suspects were captured on camera exiting two vehicles, smashing a showroom window and loading the bikes onto a pickup truck before driving away.
“It's overwhelming,” said John Adamy, parts manager at Manchester Honda.
Two KTM and one Husqvarna motorcycles were taken by the thieves.
The bikes were locked, secured and have special security features to dissuade theft, but this is the third time since November thieves have targeted Manchester Honda.
Several motorcycles were stolen in November, Adamy explained. Two weeks later, another attempt was made but nothing was taken.
Store management is considering buying more security cameras in the future.
“A lot of people at home are having the same issue,” Adamy said.
Last week in Vernon, two dirt bikes were stolen from Kaplan Cycles.
“They were in and out in 2 minutes,” said manager, Kenny Kaplan.
A red 1996 Honda CR250 motocross motorcycle, and a blue 2014 Yamaha YZ250 motocross motorcycle were stolen, according to Vernon police.
After an aggressive Facebook campaign to spread the word of the burglary, and a police investigation, both motorcycles were recovered, Kaplan said.
Vernon Police said their department is investigating the matter, but that State Police Troop C did make an arrest and recovered both motorcycles.
Police arrested 18-year-old Jacian Dunnack of Willimantic who they say had a stolen dirt bike from Vernon. He was charged with third-degree larceny.
Neither dealership believes the burglaries are over or that the group committing them is small.
It’s a trend they say has been happening elsewhere in the state, not just to dealers, but private motorcycle owners as well.
A message left for a state police spokesman was not immediately returned.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Manchester Police Department at 860-645-5500
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