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Motorcycle thefts rise along with spring temperatures

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Rob Thompson's stolen motorcycle. Rob Thompson's stolen motorcycle.
Rob Thompson, an Iraqi war veteran, had his motorcycle stolen. Rob Thompson, an Iraqi war veteran, had his motorcycle stolen.

A motorcycle theft Saturday night in Lemay was the second motorcycle stolen from a military war veteran in south St. Louis County this month.

A Yamaha motorcycle valued at $9,500 was stolen from the parking lot of the Coventry Place Apartments in the 1200 block of Covington Manor Lane sometime after 8 p.m. on Saturday.

"I left my house that night to go to Walmart, I come back and my bike is still there. I go to sleep and wake up the next morning to come to drill, and I look out my window, that's at 5:30 am and the bike was missing," said Rob Thompson, owner of the motorcycle.

In early March a motorcycle was stolen from an Afghanistan war veteran in Webster Groves. It has since been recovered.

Thompson is an Iraqi War veteran who is serving on a full-time basis with the Missouri National Guard. But Thompson thinks it's only a coincidence that both victims are military veterans.

Gateway Harley Davidson owner Chris Creed told News 4 that motorcycle thefts rise in the spring. 

"With the weather getting nice it brings out all the motorcycles and then that's like bait for the bad guys," said Creed.

Thompson posted pictures of his stolen motorcycle on a Facebook page for reporting stolen property and the response has been overwhelming from people promising to keep an eye out for his bike.

"I was amazed at the support, and they didn't even know at the time that I was a veteran," said Thompson. "It's just simply people that know how it feels to have a bike or something stolen and they were really willing to help me you know."

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