Thieves stealing ATVs and dirt bikes
‘It’s frightening’ says Harbour Grace resident
Multiple thefts of all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes in Carbonear have the community on high-alert.
Over the course of less than two weeks, there have been several cases of ATVs and dirt bikes being stolen from properties in the Carbonear area.
Social media has been covered over the past couple days with posts shared by people hoping to track down their stolen vehicles, though the searches thus far have been to no avail.
“It felt awful to have to watch them come home from school knowing I had to break the news to them that their bikes were gone, and I didn’t know how or if they were going to come back.” Jason McCarthy
Jason McCarthy, a resident of Harbour Grace, had his children’s dirt bikes stolen in the dead of night, and told The Compass about the experience.
“It’s frightening, honestly. You go to bed thinking everything’s safe and okay. When you wake up, you find out that someone, or a group of people, have been on your property, snooping through your things at night,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy’s family’s bikes, which were two Kawasaki 140Ls, were stolen on the same night someone only two houses down the road had their bike stolen as well.
McCarthy explained when he went outside that morning, he was shocked to find the lock to his shed had been broken. After investigating further, he found both his son’s and daughter’s bikes had been stolen, something he says was hard to tell them when they got home from school.
“They were devastated,” said McCarthy. “It’s a family thing, you know? It felt awful to have to watch them come home from school knowing I had to break the news to them that their bikes were gone, and I didn’t know how or if they were going to come back.”
The Harbour Grace RCMP detachment confirmed with The Compass on Thursday they’ve received a few leads relating to several of the calls, and had a few suspects in mind, though no arrests have been made thus far.
The bikes are being rolled out of sheds and garages during the night, and are often left inside with keys in the ignition, or somewhere nearby.
Social media has played a big role in the cases thus far, with victims of the thefts posting to websites like Facebook with photos of their stolen property, which are then shared by friends and families in hopes of tracking down the vehicles.
McCarthy said posting to social media has yielded small results, with some people claiming to recognize the bikes in question. Although nothing concrete has come from it yet, McCarthy says he’s keeping his fingers crossed.
A simple search of “stolen” will likely result in multiple posts by people in the Carbonear area with photos of ATVs, dirt bikes, and other property that have been stolen during night.
“Something strange is going on,” said McCarthy. “For it to all happen in the run of a week or two? That can’t be a coincidence. It has to be related. I don’t know if these people are stealing them for themselves, or if they’re selling them, or maybe they’re selling them for parts, I have no idea. We just hope it gets resolved, and soon.”
One bike stolen from the area was reportedly recovered on Wednesday, May 24.
McCarthy said while he hopes the thefts end and the stolen property is returned to himself and everyone affected, he also advises anyone who believes they have a lead to go straight to law enforcement, rather than attempting to take matters into their own hands.
“I really do hope something is done about this, but I hope it’s done right. I’d hate to hear about someone trying to resolve it themselves, and getting hurt or something like that. The RCMP is handling it, and I think that’s the best thing that can be done for now.”
MULTIPLE ATV AND DIRTBIKE THEFTS IN THE AREA HAVE RESIDENTS OF CARBONEAR TAKING EXTRA PRECAUTIONS WHEN LOCKING UP THEIR SHEDS AND GARAGES.