Man accused of selling stolen motorcycles

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 9:20 p.m.

A Gainesville mechanic has been stealing motorcycles and Jet Skis from customers or right off the street and then using forged bills of sales in order to sell the stolen merchandise, according to a Gainesville Police report.

On Sunday night, 29-year old Anthony James Filer was working on a motorcycle in Frederick Gardens at 1405 SW 10th Terrace when Officer Shawn Hardman ran a check on the tag number and it registered as stolen on July 25.

Filer gave Hardman numerous stories about how he operates his mechanic business by advertising on Craigslist to fix motorcycles and said he happened to be contacted by another man named “Michael” to fix the motorcycle in question on the very day it was stolen, said the report.

Filer also gave varying accounts of how he obtained the motorcycle and stated that he just put his own tag on it because it didn’t have one. A search of Filer’s vehicle revealed the original tag from the stolen motorcycle.

Filer also had bills of sale that were forged, apparently for the purpose of selling Jet Skis. An owner of one of the personal watercraft was contacted and said that he gave Filer his Jet Ski three weeks ago to fix and has since been trying to contact Filer but has gotten no response.

Filer is being held in the Alachua County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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