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Thursday, April 19, 2007

After 27 Years He Still Got Caught!

Motorcycle stolen 27 years ago found unassembled in basement

MACHESNEY PARK — How do you get away with stealing a new motorcycle? (LifeTrek note: This should really read, "How do you almost get away with...)

Disassemble it. Put the parts in three crates and store them in the basement of someone else’s house, never to be seen again.

That’s what the Northern Illinois Auto Theft Task Force said Darcy L. Corbin, 55, of Loves Park, did 27 years ago with a then-new 1980 Harley-Davidson.
“I have no idea why someone would keep a stolen motorcycle in storage for that long,” NIATTF Inspector James Kerns said Wednesday. “Obviously, you would want to wait until the heat dies down, but I think after 27 years, the heat is off.”

Twenty-seven years ago this month, a Machesney Park man reported to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department that his new Harley-Davidson Low Rider had been stolen out of his garage.


Kerns said the motorcycle had been there since 1986. Before that, it was stored in crates in the attic of another Machesney Park home.

The guy was charged with unlawful possession of essential motor vehicle parts and destroying the vehicle identification number.

The original owner has died in the ensuing years.

The police acted on an anonomous tip. Think about this, the guy moved it! He could have sold or disposed it or left it at the old place, but he didn't do that. He moved it and let someone know he had it.

The motorcycle held it's value though, it is worth about the same today as it was then, $6700 maybe a little bit more and will be given to the insurance company that paid the original claim.

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