Rider takes motorcycles for a test drive
A series of stolen motorbikes in Auckland are linked to a man who allegedly used a fake ID to take them for a ‘test drive’.
The man, acting as an interested buyer, targeted two Auckland motorcycle dealers and used the same form of identification at their home.
Holeshot Motorcycles in Takapuna was the first to reach out to its Facebook community for help in August after a Suzuki GSX-S1000SRQ Katana was taken for a test drive and not returned.
A spokesperson for the Takapuna dealership said it was the first time in more than 20 years that a motorcycle had been stolen from his business.
“[The man] walked into the store and told a salesman about the different bikes he could take his wife on – he was very laid back and laid back so he was obviously very experienced.
“He just left and never came back…we never thought anyone would do something like this,” they said.
Holeshot Motorcycles has asked people to keep an eye out for motorcycle registration C9CFJ, which is worth over $17,000.
“We tend to be quite flexible when it comes to testing our bikes… now we’ll have to be a bit more wary and look a bit more closely at licensing,” they said.
A police spokesman said the incident was linked to an “unlawful taking” and investigations were still ongoing.
The most recent incident was reported on Saturday by an Auckland City Honda Facebook post in which the same form of identification was used.
The man “took our [Kawasaki] Z1000 for a test drive – decided he liked the bike so much he didn’t return it,” the post read.
The bike that was not returned to Auckland City Honda was a Black Kawasaki Z1000. Photo / Provided
In April, Senior Detective Sergeant Kevin Tiernan addressed an increase in reports of motorcycles and vehicles allegedly being stolen under the guise of being taken for a test drive.
“Sellers should always take steps to verify the identity of potential buyers intending to take a vehicle for a test drive,” Tiernan said.
“Where possible, people should also accompany anyone wishing to go out for a test drive… If they refuse to provide identification or let you accompany them, the police suggest that you no longer engage with them .”
Police have asked anyone with information about the incident at Holeshot Motorcycles, Takapuna to contact them on 105 with reference number 220811/0591.
Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.