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Motorcycle stolen in 1967 is found in 2013
Yahoo News ^ | 11/5/2013 | Mike Krumboltz

Posted on 11/06/2013 1:24:31 AM PST by South40

In February of 1967, a 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle was stolen from a man's backyard in Omaha, Nebraska. More than 45 years later, that same bike was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at a Los Angeles port.

The bike had been on its way to Yokohama, Japan when authorities from Customs decided to take a closer look, the Orange County Register reported. Upon seeing that bike's vehicle identification number (VIN) matched a bike that was reported stolen way back when, agents seized the bike.

The bike, estimated to be worth around $9,000, was then sent to California Highway Patrol who tracked down the owner, now 72 and still living in Nebraska.

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1 posted on 11/06/2013 1:24:31 AM PST by South40
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To: South40

Customs has access to records from 1967????

Amazing. Interesting to read about the owner’s reaction.


2 posted on 11/06/2013 1:33:38 AM PST by Netz
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To: Netz
Customs has access to records from 1967????

Remember that when making electronic communications. Nothing is deleted.

3 posted on 11/06/2013 1:48:19 AM PST by fso301
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To: fso301

OK, I understand but for the officials to dig that far back is pretty amazing, no?

In 1967 records were hand-typed. If they electronically stored them then that’s great. I am still amazed at their efforts.


4 posted on 11/06/2013 2:01:50 AM PST by Netz
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To: South40
What would be interesting to read is an article with a timeline marching back through the unwitting buyers of that bike all the way to the original thief.

But of course the statute of limitations has run out on that crime so the person in Japan who purchased the bike or the individual who is trying to sell the bike is out the money they paid for the bike and any money put in to restoration.

Somewhere along the way somebody must have falsified a title and that might be able to be prosecuted.

5 posted on 11/06/2013 2:10:14 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Netz
OK, I understand but for the officials to dig that far back is pretty amazing, no?

Yes but while the Federal Government is known for it's waste, it's also known for not throwing anything away.

In 1967 records were hand-typed. If they electronically stored them then that’s great. I am still amazed at their efforts.

I wouldn't be surprised if they were manually converted into electronic records long before modern scanning and OCR technology was available.

6 posted on 11/06/2013 2:11:52 AM PST by fso301
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To: fso301

Well, remember microfilm and microfische?

The bike must have been in mint condition and a real beaut for them to have been so interested. What is the follow up on this story? Is it a major theft ring operating between wealthy Japanese people and US underworld? Anybody know? Any arrests?


7 posted on 11/06/2013 2:20:59 AM PST by Netz
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To: Netz; Salamander; Vendome; JoeProBono
"Well, remember microfilm and microfische?"

I used to have my microfiche swimming in a microquarium.


8 posted on 11/06/2013 2:30:13 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: fso301
Yes but while the Federal Government is known for it's waste, it's also known for not throwing anything away.

Unless it is something that is truly priceless

Like the video tape of the first moon landing.

Like the plans and specs for the Saturn 5.

9 posted on 11/06/2013 2:49:30 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: shibumi
nice microfiche,the tank holds..what 3.5oz. @ most

10 posted on 11/06/2013 3:09:33 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

You can tell if the microfiche are getting sick ‘cause there’s this microfilm on the water.


11 posted on 11/06/2013 3:14:52 AM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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Omaha.com spoke with the bike’s owner, Donald R. Devault, who explained that the bike used to look a lot different. “Back then it was baby blue and it looked like a little toy chopper,” he said.

He told the paper that he’s looking forward to the reunion. “I’m going to ask her, ‘Where have you been?’ I bet there’s a lot stories she could tell me,” he told Omaha.com. “I wish she could talk because a lot’s happened in 46 years.”


12 posted on 11/06/2013 3:33:28 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave (The Democratic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: Pontiac

No surprises there.


13 posted on 11/06/2013 3:49:18 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: shibumi

LOL. You have a large image inventory. Very nice. BTW how does one insert pictures into a thread?


14 posted on 11/06/2013 3:50:03 AM PST by Netz
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To: South40

There is a guy running around the West Coast buying up shovel and pan heads as fast as he can a shipping them to Asia. One of his deals is you have to have the bike checked by the cops to see if it was stolen and get a clean title to it. Guess he got burned a time or two.


15 posted on 11/06/2013 3:54:18 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: Netz
Well, remember microfilm and microfische?

My military records were destroyed i n a fire in St. Louis in 1973, if they hadn't been stored on micro film in D.C., there would have been nothing to show that I had ever served.

It took me about 6 months to get my DD214 in 1975, in order to get a V.A. loan.

Jump forward to about 2007 when I needed it again for S.S. and it took me about 3 days to get it.

16 posted on 11/06/2013 3:58:35 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: South40

Not sure what records they referred to, as NCIC computer records for auto theft (motorcycles also) are purged not long after the most recent registration expires. They do not remain on the “hot list” like firearms, which stay forever.


17 posted on 11/06/2013 4:05:30 AM PST by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW! Treason and murder are still crimes.)
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To: fso301

Yes but while the Federal Government is known for it’s waste, it’s also known for not throwing anything away.


That ^

I was able to do an online look up the serial number on a WWI vintage M1917 rifle (AKA “American Enfield”).

The federal government is also known for recordkeeping.


18 posted on 11/06/2013 4:19:56 AM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: South40

Sure wish I could get my moms 67 fastback returned. She lost the title in 74(my dad had just burned to death in a home fire) and never tried to get it back. She thinks the title was stolen when she left her purse in the ladies room. Such is life.


19 posted on 11/06/2013 4:21:44 AM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: South40

I’ve got a chopped 67 bonny sitting in the barn.
Guess it’s time to market the thing.


20 posted on 11/06/2013 4:24:05 AM PST by theneanderthal
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To: South40

A local gun shop owner told me that another one of his customers had a new Colt revolver stolen in the sixties. Federal law enforcement returned it to him last year in mint condition.


21 posted on 11/06/2013 4:39:19 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: shibumi

Amazing how smart those micro fish are and how much they remember.


22 posted on 11/06/2013 4:56:45 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: South40
Now that's a motorcycle. Nothing like the cartoonish Harley choppers and rice rockets. British vertical twins are and always will be the Real Thing.
23 posted on 11/06/2013 5:05:59 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Mi tio es enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: South40

I’m amazed at how little changed between that 1953 Tiger 100 to my 1969 TR6-C, which I had significantly modified.


24 posted on 11/06/2013 5:11:00 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Netz

But they don’t know where Barry was born.


25 posted on 11/06/2013 5:31:18 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: South40

It is a trip back to see those skinny tires - That contact patch on the ground would make me rather cautious.


26 posted on 11/06/2013 6:15:38 AM PST by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: shibumi
Oh!..clean-outs must be kinda hard.
acrylic tank 'n all. ;-)

27 posted on 11/06/2013 6:16:14 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: South40

Too cool. But I won’t click on Yahoo links anymore. They can go to hell.


28 posted on 11/06/2013 6:33:02 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Notary Sojac

Love the Old British Bikes, have owned a BSA Royal Star,441,Spitfire,Firebird scrambler Triumph Bonneville, Royal Enfield, and my favorite Norton Commando S. Still have the Bonny and BSA Firebird. Great fun to ride.If you like retro bikes they sell imported Royal Enfields from India built from the original molds and updated electronics, took one for a ride and it ran great.


29 posted on 11/06/2013 6:42:38 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: ABN 505
I didn't want to boast about my Norton Atlas and BSA 441 until I saw your post.

To me, Nortons are and always will be the bomb, only thing cooler would be a Vincent.

30 posted on 11/06/2013 6:59:57 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Mi tio es enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: ABN 505

I’ve browsed the Indian built Enfield site, they are sweet looking (especially that OD dispatch rider bike, needs only a number plate on the front mudguard to send a chill up my leg).


31 posted on 11/06/2013 7:06:20 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Mi tio es enfermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Love the Old British Bikes, have owned a BSA Royal Star,441,Spitfire,Firebird scrambler Triumph Bonneville, Royal Enfield, and my favorite Norton Commando S. Still have the Bonny and BSA Firebird. Great fun to ride.If you like retro bikes they sell imported Royal Enfields from India built from the original molds and updated electronics, took one for a ride and it ran great.


32 posted on 11/06/2013 7:10:19 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: Notary Sojac

Sorry about the repost. Never rode a Vincent but I love the looks. I have a neighbor who is into Vellocettes, he has quite a collection. I like going over just to drool over them.


33 posted on 11/06/2013 7:17:58 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: Pontiac
Like the video tape of the first moon landing.

Well, to be fair, they did eventually "find" it. Hard to imagine how something so important could be "lost" though.

34 posted on 11/06/2013 7:20:31 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Pontiac
Like the video tape of the first moon landing.

"NO WAY!"

35 posted on 11/06/2013 7:22:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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