A Baltimore man was arrested Sunday in connection with a series of motorbike thefts in Carroll County.
Tevin Montae Guy, 18, was charged with one count each of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, and theft between $10,000 and $100,000. He was released on his own recognizance Sunday, according to electronic court records.
Guy, along with three juveniles, were arrested by Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies after seeing them pushing three dirtbikes down a driveway in Manchester and into a maroon Honda Odyssey. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the minivan, found the motorbikes in the back of the vehicle, and detained Guy and the three juveniles, according to a statement of probable cause.
At the time of the arrest, the four were in possession of a blue Yamaha valued at $3,000, a yellow Suzuki valued at $4,000 and a orange KTM valued at $6,000, according to the statement.
While Guy and the three juveniles were in possession of just three motorbikes at the time of their arrest, according to Sheriff Jim DeWees, the four are believed to be linked to a series of motorbike thefts throughout the state.
Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Anne Arundel County police departments formed a task force, along with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, earlier this year to investigate multiple motorbike thefts happening in those jurisdictions, DeWees said.
About 200 motorbikes were stolen, about 40 of which were from Carroll, he said.
Another agency told the Sheriff's Office they should be on the lookout for the maroon Honda Odyssey. Deputies responded to Manchester, where the van was located, and made the traffic stop, according to the statement.
The case is still under investigation, DeWees said. The collaborating agencies believe that the four suspects were using social media to identify which bikes to steal, he said.
DeWees said he is urging people to make sure they have pictures of their vehicles, record serial numbers or make an identification mark on their vehicle in case it is stolen, especially if there are pictures of the motorbikes on social media. Police can uses the identifiers to help match a stolen vehicle or motorbike with its owner, he said.