Gainesville pair swiped 8 motorcycles, GPD says

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.

One man has been arrested and another is being sought for a rash of motorcycle thefts in Alachua County in which the stolen machines were sold or traded for methamphetamine, Gainesville police reported.

GPD had seen a sharp increase recently in motorcycle thefts, particularly Suzuki GSX-R and Honda CBR models, in student apartment complexes along the Southwest 20th Avenue corridor, said GPD’s spokesman, officer Ben Tobias.

Sgt. Greg Armagost and Detective Juan DeCastro got information that led to Daniel Roane, 21, of 2350 NW 16th Ave., who confessed to stealing eight motorcycles, Tobias said.

Meanwhile, warrants have been issued for the arrest of Larry Eugene Stone, 41, of Gainesville, on charges of grand theft auto, conspiracy, and dealing in stolen property.

Tobias said he is responsible for planning the motorcycle thefts and then making arrangements to sell the stolen motorcycles throughout Florida.

Tobias said the motorcycles were taken to Lake City or Lakeland, where they were sold for parts or exchanged for meth.

Roane told investigators that he could start the the motorcycles within 30 seconds and simply ride them away, according to a report. Some were were loaded into the bed of a truck or trailer.

Roane also said that if a motorcycle was locked, either by chain or disc lock, he would move on to the next target.

Roane was arrested on eight counts each of grand theft auto, dealing in stolen property and conspiracy to commit grand theft auto, Tobias said.

Anyone information that would help GPD locate Stone should call DeCastro at 352-393-7665, or CrimeStoppers at 352-372-STOP.

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