Trooper’s truck in­spec­tion leads to re­cov­ery of a stolen dirt bike

The Avenue News - - Police -

An alert state trooper’s in­spec­tion of a tow truck with an equip­ment vi­o­la­tion lead to the re­cov­ery of a stolen dirt bike and the ar­rest of a ju­ve­nile Wed­nes­day evening, March 23, in Es­sex, said Mary­land State Po­lice.

The sus­pect is not be­ing iden­ti­fied due to the sus­pect be­ing a ju­ve­nile, po­lice said. The ju­ve­nile was charged with theft and pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana. The ju­ve­nile was re­leased to the cus­tody of his fa­ther.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, a Mary­land state trooper as­signed to Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle En­force­ment Di­vi­sion was mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic on south­bound Mary­land Av­enue at Plat­inum Road, when he ob­served a tow truck with a non-work­ing head­lamp shortly af­ter 8 p.m. Sub­se­quently the trooper made a traf­fic stop and con­ducted an in­spec­tion.

The tow truck was tow­ing a Kawasaki KX 100 dirt bike, po­lice said. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the trooper de­ter­mined the dirt bike was re­ported stolen in Jan­uary through Bal­ti­more City Po­lice De­part­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the driver had no knowl­edge the bike was re­ported stolen. The driver of the tow truck ad­vised the bike was be­ing towed at the re­quest of his front seat pas­sen­ger, iden­ti­fied as the ac­cused ju­ve­nile. The tow truck op­er­a­tor fur­ther ad­vised the ju­ve­nile was rid­ing the bike ear­lier and flagged him down due to run­ning out of fuel.

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