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Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.


    http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/dcpi/pr-2005-001.html


    PRESS RELEASE
    NO. 2005-001
    Thursday, January 6, 2005

    NEW YORK CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER RAYMOND W. KELLY
    ANNOUNCES 13 ARRESTS IN THE TAKEDOWN OF A MOTORCYCLE
    THEFT RING


    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
    today announced the arrest of 13 members of a
    motorcycle theft ring. The ring utilized swift
    turnarounds and the Internet as the key components in
    their operation. The ring was so prolific that when
    officers made arrests this morning, two suspects had a
    freshly stolen motorcycle in their van. The
    investigation was carried out by members of the Auto
    Crime Division with assistance from Police Departments
    in Ohio and California, as well as Nassau and Suffolk
    Counties in New York.

    The theft ring focused on high-performance motorcycles
    of recent vintage. The crew's specialty was to steal a
    motorcycle and dismantle it for resale within a few
    days. When the vehicles were reduced to pieces, the
    thieves would sell the various parts without serial
    numbers on popular Internet auction sites.

    Engine blocks stamped with a serial number were
    usually sold on sites catering to "dwarf car" racing.
    Dwarf cars are 5/8th the size of regular vehicles and
    are powered by motorcycle engines. Racing these
    vehicles is popular in California and other states
    where the events take place on privately owned tracks.
    In dwarf car racing, the engines work to their limit
    and their lifespan can be as short as a week. The
    engines are expensive disposable parts.

    Police Commissioner Kelly said: "The speed and savvy
    this group of criminals used was overcome by the skill
    of the Auto Crime Division detectives. Beginning with
    no more than an Internet nickname, our investigative
    professionals built an entire case against a crew that
    worked in the shadows. The officers used their street
    smarts as well as their technological know-how and in
    the end, got the goods on a crew
    responsible for numerous motorcycle thefts. Thank you
    all for your excellent work."

    This investigation was initiated when a Queens
    resident reported a stolen motorcycle to the 104th
    Precinct Detective Squad. After reporting the theft,
    the victim returned home and began to search online
    for a similar bike. To his amazement, he identified
    parts for sale from his own motorcycle. There was
    small but distinctive scratch on the gas tank that
    clearly distinguished it as a part from his bike.

    The Auto Crime Division went to work contacting the
    seller of the stolen parts through his online ID.
    Officers soon arranged the purchase of two stolen
    motorcycle engines. The detectives developed a
    complete picture of the group and traced their
    activities around the country. Police in Ohio and
    California intercepted shipments using local warrants
    to identify stolen motors and documented them with
    digital photographs.

    The ring included thieves who stole the motorcycles
    and they received critical information from
    "locators," innocents employed at a driving school and
    an insurance brokerage office. The thieves spotted
    prospective bikes and noted the license plate numbers.
    They then duped locators into running the plates to
    determine the owners' information and most
    importantly, where the motorcycle was registered.

    Most often late at night, the thieves swooped in and
    stole the motorcycles from the owners' residences. In
    fact, while investigators waited this morning at crew
    member Jose Hernandez's home at 10-38 Bay 32nd Street
    in the 101st Precinct, they saw a white van
    approaching. The van's driver spotted the police
    officers and attempted to screech away. However, the
    detectives successfully intercepted the getaway and
    discovered that Hernandez was not alone in the van.
    Along for the ride was Quincy Pringle and a stolen
    2004 Honda CBR 1000. The theft was so recent that the
    owner had not yet reported the motorcycle stolen.

    The stolen bikes were dismantled at two different
    locations and the parts were stored in one of four
    separate facilities. The group also kept a driver from
    a private garbage company on their payroll to cart
    away the scrap pieces.

    The separate parts and the engines landed with the
    four "fencemen." These individuals, who are also the
    group's leaders, employed a variety of web sites and
    Internet identifications to sell their stolen wares.
    The entire process from steal to sale and disposal
    would happen within days.

    Officers served 26 search warrants where they seized
    more than $160,000 in cash, 90 motorcycles engines, 9
    motorcycles, a large assortment of motorcycles parts,
    9 computers, an RV and 5 cars. The ringleaders are
    Chris Demetrolus, Robert Fili, Mike Kontos and Eric
    Kohler, a New York City fireman.

    This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are
    expected.

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Wow great bust! Which was the Louden Racer involved?

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    Originally posted by Half Squid
    Wow great bust! Which was the Louden Racer involved?


    Fill in the blanks for those of us who don't know the names....

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Yeah, i don't recognize any of those names. Was it a person that was there on a regular basis?

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    Mike Kontos.

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Here's the full list so far taken from the R1 forum....

    Hey Fellas!

    here are the names and addresses of the bike thieves that were arrested here in NY recently. These guys are all members of that Motorcycle theft ring in NY If you want some payback.....this is it.

    01. Eric Kohler (32) address not provided (New York City Firefigher)
    02. Christos Demetroules, (34) 35-17 168st, Flushing, N.Y
    03. Allessandro DelGiornio, (30)41-27 171st, Flushing, N.Y
    04. Michael Kontos (35) 12-15 121st, College Point, N.Y
    05. Robert Fili (32) 29-15 170th st Flushing, N.Y
    06. Josue Caratini (29) of 48-32 37st, Long Island
    07. Andre Ahgob (28) currently incarcerated inmate on Rikers Island
    08. Adam Alvaerez (33) 196 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y
    09. Gerard Beauchamp (31) 260 Withers Street,Brooklyn, N.Y
    10. Phillip Serrano (30) 51 Hendrickson Avenue, Elmont, N.Y
    11. Eric Nieves (31) 44 Newll Street, Brooklyn, N.Y
    12. Jaime Denton (30) 26 Pond Hill Road, Great Neck, N.Y
    13. Freddy Feliciano (33) 54-16 73rd Place, Maspeth
    14. Angel Badillo (32) 54-16 73rd Place, Maspeth
    15. Paris Gonzalez (34) 20-58 Gates Avenue, Ridgewood

    if this is a repost....i apologize in advance.

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    Fucking lowlife scummbag motherfuckers.

    I hope this incident follows them all and ruins their entire lives, forever. Loser assholes.


    Do you think I dislike fucking thieving assholes?

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    Lou, tell us how you really feel

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Originally posted by LM954RR
    Fucking lowlife scummbag motherfuckers.

    I hope this incident follows them all and ruins their entire lives, forever. Loser assholes.


    Do you think I dislike fucking thieving assholes?
    +1 that for me!!

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    Originally posted by need4speed
    Lou, tell us how you really feel
    It's "LEW" jon....LEW!...jeez......get with it already, would you.

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    Originally posted by LM954RR
    It's "LEW" jon....LEW!...jeez......get with it already, would you.
    It's John, Lou, I mean Lew

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    I don't remember where I read this. But wunna the racer dudes involved will also be getting charged with insurance fraud. Seems he's been collecting disability for a 'back injury' that's been preventing him from being able to work. All the while racing LRRS events. Apparently, the insurance company was investigating him last year and actually has video of him racing, loading & unloading his bike, etc...

    GOOD!

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Is that one of these guys??? I'd be suprised cause he's an EX500 racer. If you had a bunch of free R1s would you race an EX???

    Well, maybe.

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    If convicted, will this guy from the theft-ring be allowed to enter LRRS in the future?

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    If he pays, he plays. Would you want them to exlude all felons? THat would probably eliminate 20 percent of the grid!


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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    That's unfortunate, but it's about what I expected. Seems pretty sad that the Wood's would allow a convicted bike thief into their MOTORCYCLE club. I guess it doesn't really matter where your race fee's come from : hard work, selling crack, slitting some old lady's throat....one bill is just as green as the next!

    edit: I feel there is no need for the liability of having a bike thief freely roaming the infield. People seem pretty trusting up there and it would be unfortunate to throw a wet-blanket over that feeling.

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    I'm only guessing here. And btw, the Woods have nothing to do with LRRS race entry fees. Don Hutchinson is the man in charge of LRRS and he answers to the Bahr family, who own the track and LRRS.

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    Yes, but it is the Wood's club right? Wouldn't they have final say over who and who isn't allowed to race?

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    ...but then you would have to run a background check on every license application that comes across, plus mid season to see if anything goes down during the summer-- no matter who's in charge.

    Tough call.

    I don't think we'll have to worry about them being around much anyway.

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Re-Read my post IT IS NOT THE WOOD'S CLUB.

    Jerry is the safety director. He has a lot of influence because of his position and 40 year's experience. But that's it.

    Jeff and eric run the penguin school which is a separate business to LRRS.

    LRRS is owned by the Bahr family, who also own the track. Don Hutchinson is really the man in charge of the operation of LRRS as far as entries, classes, rules etc.

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    Originally posted by Paul_E_D
    Re-Read my post IT IS NOT THE WOOD'S CLUB.

    Jerry is the safety director. He has a lot of influence because of his position and 40 year's experience. But that's it.

    He's also on the board of directors together which is comprised of himself, don, gary and bob bahre

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    Loudon Roadracer busted in bike theft ring.

    My point is the same regardless of who owns LRRS.

    I don't think background checks are necessary (racing is expensive enough, I'm all set paying for that research), but if you have a high-profile case (or at least one that is known to the powers-that-be, whatever their name is) like this, some kind of action should be taken.

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    Originally posted by bentbryan
    My point is the same regardless of who owns LRRS.

    I don't think background checks are necessary (racing is expensive enough, I'm all set paying for that research), but if you have a high-profile case (or at least one that is known to the powers-that-be, whatever their name is) like this, some kind of action should be taken.
    LRRS is a tight knit community where theft is not a problem. I vaguely recall a thief being caught once . . . ONCE.

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    Paul - get involved with contingency programs and you'll know who runs the show.

    The initials are JW. That track is his personal playground.

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