Scooter Thefts on the Rise in Gainesville
Published July 12th, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Five teenagers were caught red handed in Gainesville Friday morning in connection with three scooter thefts.
You can't ignore the numbers.... 19 scooter thefts have been reported in the city of Gainesville for the first half of July.
With that in mind law enforcement and scooter shops are urging the public to educate themselves on crime prevention techniques.
Gainesville Police Officer, Ben Tobias says, "We actually observed them tampering with the scooters and actually lifting them over the fence to put them in a secluded area near A. Quinn Jones School. We got other officers in the area immediately and they were able to stop the individuals."
Many of the stolen scooters ended up being chopped up for parts.
Sometimes the thieves are able to sell them if the title is left in the lock box.
Gainesville police have recorded 62 scooter thefts so far this year, a number police expect to rise as more students arrive on campus.
**TV20 reported earlier that there were three teens arrested 7/12/13 in relation to scooter thefts at University House. There were actually five teens taken into police custody in relation to that incident.
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