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Police tracking rash of scooters thefts in South City

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News 4 is tracking scooter theft in South City. (Credit: KMOV) News 4 is tracking scooter theft in South City. (Credit: KMOV)
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News 4 is tracking scooter theft in South City.

Phillip Shortfall is missing his ride that he uses to get around town. His scooter disappeared early Monday morning. 

"I walked back there and saw the chains hang from the gate and I knew something bad had happened," says Shortal. 

Shortal called police and then hopped on Facebook. He says in one of the groups he's part of, someone posted these pictures of his scooter being driven off in a truck. 

"I recognize my scooter. It's a unique scooter in south city," said Shortfall. 

News 4 has reported on a rash of scooter thefts this month. The big question is why? We went to a popular scooter store for answers. 

"Registration is one aspect of the 49/50 cc owners in Missouri, they are not required to be registered," says Eric Bess, owner of  Flying Tiger. 

Bess says this week, he's received multiple calls from former customers about their scooters being stolen. He told us another factor is scooters not being properly secured.

Bess says there is nothing that will theft proof your scooter completely, but if you make it more difficult, there is a better chance the thieves will move on. 
 
As the search continues for Shortal's scooter he says that might end up being his last. 

"It makes me very, a bit anxious to purchase one in the future," says Shortal. 

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