1. Husaberger

    Husaberger Limited User

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    Just got off the phone with a real "character" selling a fairly new CRF80 for waaaaaay under market value. He knew nothing about it and just said it belonged to a woman he knew. I asked if he had the ownership for it and he said "Ownership? Dude, you're buying it off Kijiji. There is no ownership". The conversation had so many alarm bells on it I felt compelled to spread the word.

    If you know someone who had a CRF80 stolen, call my cell at 416-997-3489. I have no proof it's stolen, but wasn't born yesterday....something ain't right here!!!

    Shawn
  2. Husaberger

    Husaberger Limited User

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    Tried to call Durham Police...they acted like I was wasting their time.

    Summary of the conversation with the "seller"

    1. He doesn't know anything about the bike...just got it from a friend. I asked to speak to the friend instead and he said "NO WAY"
    2. No ownership. He was offended I even asked if he had the ownership.
    3. 2011 Honda CRF80...clearly worth about $1500-$1700. He is asking $700.
    4. The way he wrote the ad is not how a motorcycle guy would write an ad. He got the numbers and letters mixed up when describing the bike.
    5. I asked him to send me the VIN so I can get a UVIP for it (standard protocol buying a vehicle) and he won't send it.

    Can I prove it's stolen? No. Does is seem fishy? Darn right.

    If you know someone who had a 2011 CRF80 stolen recently, let me know.
  3. imnothng

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    Is the ad still up? Maybe post it and someone near by could arrange to go see it and get the VIN to run. I know if it's near me I will, especially after buying a stolen dirt bike in the past before I knew anything.
  4. geastman

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    I am not surprised there was no will by police to pursue based on info you provided. I had similar indifference with much more compelling evidence long ago. My 1983 tale of woe:

    I was selling my '83 CR480 at end of season. A prospective buyer arrived. I thought the pickup parked on the road was his, so let him take it for a test drive. Never saw him or bike again.

    The police visited and took my report. When I asked about next steps, it was basically that motor vehicle thefts are left to insurance unless something falls into their lap. My bike was uninsured, so I looked for something to drop in their lap.

    A reward offer led to a snitch from a high school buddy of the thief. I went to the high school, got info I would certainly not get today (a yearbook to browse and the detail that the student had not been seen in the weeks since theft). The yearbook photo was definitely the thief.

    When I went back to the police with this info they said:

    1. my identification was tainted since I had the name when I was looking through yearbook photos
    2. If I located the bike, as well as the thief, they might be able to follow up

    I understand that there are limited resources and a need to prioritize. Still, it was difficult to accept at the time.
  5. fedge

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    My Buddies 2010 WR 300 was stolen from Hamilton,yeah I know big shocker along with everything else he would leave in his truck daily. He went to the police,same sort of deal, no real interest in helping him find his bike, even after one of the local dealers was asked for a replacement frame as this one fell off the trailer, got the info on the guy and gave it to the police, nothing, hear say will not follow up,

    Our friends sister is a Metro Toronto investigator, she said to give it to the investigating detectives not the street beat, with that 48hrs later the bike was picked up on the side of the highway from the police. Lot more to this story but long story short, it's about who gets the information and what they are willing do with it, we think they were after the guy who original stole and sold the bike and not the guy who bought it and tried to re badge it.

    He was the innocence victim of a good deal. And was out the $2000 he paid for it.

    We got the bike back.
    fedge
  6. Francis

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    I knew someone who purchased a stolen bike from a guy on kijiji. When they were showing the bike to me a few days later, the first thing I noticed was that all the stickers were missing. I checked for the serial# and sure enough someone had removed the #'s from the frame with a grinder. The numbers on the motor had also been removed . They took the bike and sellers info to the police and were told they should just keep the bike because without the serial# the bike could never be returned to the rightful owner! What a joke!