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