Stolen motorcycle returned to owner nearly 37 years lateron August 3, 2012 @ 3:00 pm (Updated: 5:40 pm - 8/3/12 )
State Trooper Troy Briggs says in all that time, the bike didn't go far. It was discovered during a routine VIN inspection in Spokane.
"The vehicle was brought into our VIN inspection lane for inspection for title purposes [...] The seller told the purchaser they didn't have a title for it," says Briggs.
It turns out they didn't have the title because the 1972 Honda XL250 was stolen from the Spokane Valley man in 1975. They found the VIN number in a file of inactive reports.
"It was actually so old, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office actually had to go and research it on microfiche," Briggs says.
Troopers were able to track down the original owner. He told them he was shocked the motorcycle is still in such good condition.
As for the thief, Trooper Briggs says they're not holding hope they will ever be able to track him down. The bike has likely changed hands several times since it was stolen on November 21, 1975.
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