Taken from the Motorcycle Cannonball Run website:
The Unthinkable Has Happened
Written by Felicia Morgan
BIKES & VEHICLE STOLEN!
The unthinkable has happened. Someone has stollen the truck, trailer and 4 antique motorcycles from participants of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run just hours after they completed their fantastic journey across the United States. After spending 17-days on the road experiencing the amazement of America's hospitality and landscape, the men are now suffering the misery of the loss of their beloved machines. Let's help these riders find their motorcycles.
Cannonball entries #54, a 1919 Harley-Davidson J, #73, a 1926 Harley-Davidson JD, #76, a 1931 Harley-Davidson VL, and #99, a 1928 HarleyDavidson JD were taken from the Murano Hotel in Tacoma, Washington. The motorcycles were stored in the support trailer, which was also stollen. The truck and 16-foot enclosed trailer are both grey and have Cannonball logos. If seen or you have any information, places contact Jon Neuman at (214)850-6910, David Loyd at (901) 277-7710, Mike Carson at (281) 705-5634, Buck Carson at (936) 239-5634, or simply call 911.
License Plate numbers are as follows:
1919 Harley Davidson J (Mississippi Antique Plate): 9620
1926 Harley Davidson JD (Texas Antique Plate) BDKX4
1928 Harley Davidson JD (Texas Antique Plate) BFGV2
1931 Harley Davidson VL (Texas Antique Plate) BFGR3
2001 Ford F250 (Texas Plate) 89LBC7
2007 Doolittle Trailer (Texas Plate) 41968M
A short rope and a long drop....
Gawd how I hate thieves.
Thats way to bad. Parted out no doubt.
In a shipping container, on the way overseas. Most old harleys go to japan.
I hope they find the low life's. But I doubt it.
I'll copy tomorrow and take to the local HD shop.
Why don't 3/4 ton Fords have anti-theft ignition like the cars? Our co. 2009 250 has just a plain key.
I just heard on tv that Hondas older than something like 1996 are stolen much more than the later ones, due to anti-theft ignition, etc.
Pull up the web site noted and you can see the distinctive grey pickup and trailer combination. As many folks that watch this Forum, someone might see the rig!!! We need to help these folks!!!
Was that a Sat. 9 20 or Sun 9 21, I was in Tacoma
the 20 th and am searching my brain, but that is to close to the shipping terminal in Tacoma( Fife Wa.)
I wish you all the luck in the world. I'll have my eyes open.
License plate numbers on stolen vehicles are pretty much useless (it takes 30 seconds to take off a plate). VIN, engine numbers and frame numbers (if Harleys of that era have frame numbers)are what is needed to be publicized & distributed to law enforcement and vehicle theft agencies. Police report numbers and confirmation that these bikes are all reported through NCIC is also important to aid in potential recovery.
I will be happy to forward info to my associates in the vehicle theft recovery field in Southern California if provided with this information. I spent 22 years in claims and am the past President of the Orange County Auto Theft Investigators and the San Diego and Orange County Auto Theft Task Force... I'm also a Model T, Antique Motorcycle and Detomaso Pantera nut as many of you know.
Taken from the Motorcycle Cannonball Facebook page.
UPDATE: Motorcycle Cannonball Support Truck has been recovered by Tacoma Sheriffs Department. Support Trailer, Cannonball motorcycles and equipment still missing. PLEASE continue to share this story worldwide. In the last 12 hours this has gone VIRAL in a HUGE way. We will not rest until these priceless machines and equipment have been recovered and the culprits brought to justice. Team Carson Classic Motors is STILL offering a $20,000 reward, which may very well be increased as supporters have offered to donate. HELP BRING THESE MOTORCYCLES HOME. Find the scum!!!!!
Folks need to stop providing opportunity for theft and start thinking about protecting what it is they are hauling inside of a trailer.
PARK your rig within sight of your room.
DISABLE your tow vehicle so it cannot be easily started.
BLOCK the cargo doors of your trailer by backing up to a wall or another vehicle.
INSTALL a recovery tracking device.
If you present an opportunity to a thief - they will take it.
Buck Carson added 4 new photos.
In just under 24 hours, the story I posted yesterday of the theft of fellow Carson Classic Motors Team members' bikes being stolen has gone around the world many times over. Extremely prominent motorcycle museums, publications, media sources, and even Harley Davidson have become involved. The blatant and unforgivable theft of these four antique motorcycles is not just an average crime. The loss of these vehicles has devastated our team, as each one has taken several years to prepare and build for the recently completed 4,000 mile Cannonball Endurance Run across America. They are NOT just a bunch of bikes---they are prized historical possessions that are members of the family. I appeal to everyone across the globe. PLEASE help our team find these motorcycles and bring them home. Someone knows SOMETHING. Team Carson is offering a $20,000.00 reward for the safe return of the support trailer, equipment and bikes, but this amount can and will be upped if others are willing to donate. As always, call me direct at 936-239-6615 if you have any information that will help in the recovery of these motorcycles
BREAKING NEWS: STOLEN SUPPORT TRAILER LOCATED. Rear door logo painted over. UNCONFIRMED report that all motorcycles are inside. WILL UPDATE AS MORE INFORMATION COMES IN
ALL FOUR MOTORCYCLES RECOVERED. Spare parts are gone, spare engines gone, and some small things stripped off. Appears that the trailer was located in the Port of Tacoma, ready to be shipped overseas. THANK YOU to all for helping spread the word
I am glad for the recovery! Incomplete as it was.
And while I absolutely echo the several comments above, I feel the need to add something.
SOCIETY HAS GOT TO MAKE A DECISION!!!!! Everyone is harmed, in many ways, by every theft of property that is valuable to its rightful owner. Whether that property is of historic nature or not. It is made worse in many ways if there is a historic nature.
Theft and fraud are way beyond out of control in this country today! Theft and fraud today are legitimate career choices hidden in honorable past. Our government has CHOSEN to not enforce the law in most cases, let alone advance what is right.
If society continues in the directions it has been going the past several decades, our descendants will lose everything. Including our model Ts.
I have said enough for now. I could go on for hours with examples.
Vote carefully, and that probably doesn't mean what you think it does.
I hope they have caught, or at least know who they are, the guilty parties.
This was not a random act of thievery. Whoever did this had been following the race, watching who was riding what and knew what trailer it was in, where it was, etc., and had plans worked out to do this. I'm willing to bet the spare engines and parts could be found by leaning on one of the perps a little. Somebody knows more about all of this.
This public message was recently posted on Facebook warning the thieves...
From Mike Carson (FB)
To those who stole the CCM Cannonball motorcycles. I now know that you received my warning on FB and that you have returned the truck, the trailer and the four motorcycles. However, this is not over. You still have my Team's tools, spares, luggage and my teammates leather jackets. You seriously screwed up when you left the trailer at the Port of Tacoma. We have clear camera pictures of you from the Port. The police have your fingerprints. You are being hunted on the ground right now. This is your last chance to walk away free. Leave the rest of our Teams stuff in a safe place and call me personally at 281-705-5634 and we will call the dogs off. If you do not comply, you will taste Texas justice. That is a promise. Thank you for cooperating so far. We just need you to cooperate a little more in order to walk away free.
I don't think anybody can let anybody walk away free at this point even if they return the stolen items. Theft is a crime, crime is punishable by the law and legal system. They might be able to get a break to some extent but these guys know they are looking at some time if they are caught in the US. I would guess they were across the border or out at sea before the cops ever looked in the trailer.
Darn, my niece's husband Brian was an undercover detective with the Tacoma Police Dept for years and would have been in his glory working a case like this. He worked the docks for years busting drug smugglers, arms shipments, theft, etc.
Nothing he liked better than busting some guy who thought he was smarter than the cops.
Unfortunately, he died shortly after retiring from 30 years of service to the force.
I was on the Cannonball supporting rider 63 and I've met Mike. He is a very helpful person and will do what he can to help you. However, I wouldn't want to upset him either. Good to hear the bikes, trucks and trailer are back, now to get the rest of the gear returned.
Great they were recovered. I hope the numbers of the still missing spare engines are known and can be spread so the rest of the parts can be identified if they show up at some swap meet..
I wonder if the guy who found the trailer and peeked through the window gets the 20k reward that was offered?
Probably a serious blunder to steal from Harley guys, much less stealing from Texans.
Well I am glad this is working out.
Scary that I had already assumed what was going to happen almost to the T.
The thieves let the loot get close to the coast before they tried to steal it.
I would think the thieves were not average dingbat crack heads. Probably were pro's hired to steal certain equipment and bikes for a "client" overseas.
I remember when PETA tried messing with bikers.....
We had a stuff in the trailer parked next to this one that was stolen. My grandpa and uncle road this year #71 and #72
They must have had some time along the way somewhere to clean out the parts and tools from the trailer. It surprises me that they took jackets and piddly stuff. I would have thought they would have concentrated on the engines and parts. I still think their break will come when they figure out who was trailing along with the run and casing the trailers and motorcycles. I'm willing to bet when they catch them -- which they will -- that one or two of them will be recognized by the support crews as people who showed up at several stops along the way. That was a purposeful hit. They didn't just grab a trailer and head for the port.