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Traffic stop in Harford County may have provided police a lead in Frederick motorcycle thefts

A traffic stop in Harford County this week led to the recovery of a motorcycle stolen from a store in Frederick last fall and has provided Maryland State Police investigators a lead in that case.
A traffic stop in Harford County this week led to the recovery of a motorcycle stolen from a store in Frederick last fall and has provided Maryland State Police investigators a lead in that case.(Courtesy Maryland State Police)

A traffic stop in Harford County this week led to the recovery of a motorcycle stolen from a store in Frederick last fall and has provided Maryland State Police investigators a lead in that case.

Maryland State Police Troopers made a traffic stop around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1700 block of Pulaski Highway in Edgewood. Police realized the motorcycle had been stolen last year when they checked its vehicle identification number, according to a news release.

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The motorcycle was one of eight stolen on Sept. 19 from Dutrow’s Honda Sales and Service in Frederick; the first of the eight to be recovered, police said. Each of the motorcycles were valued at more than $2,220.

Investigators don’t think the person who was stopped was involved in the initial theft, but rather obtained the motorcycle in a trade for another motorcycle, police said.

The 19-year-old, who police did not identify, was arrested for theft of an item between $1,500 and $25,000 and unlawful taking in connection with possession of the motorcycle, and taken to the Bel Air barrack for processing.

Additional charges could be filed in the coming weeks as more people involved in the theft are identified, police said.

Consumers should be careful from whom they purchase and trade items with, police said in the release. Possession of stolen material can be considered a felony.

According to Maryland law, a person convicted of theft of property with a value of $1,500 to less than $25,000 could face five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Anyone with information on the thefts, or may know the location of the other stolen motorcycles is asked to contact the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Western Region at 410-953-8200.

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