In the morning hours of Monday, June 11, Coweta County police received a call about a missing motorcycle and shots fired. Police found the crashed motorcycle outside of some woods, but no sign of the motorcycle thief. Later, someone placed a 911 call about an injured man with a gunshot wound in his leg.
“We started putting things together and figured out what happened,” said Major Jimmy Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia.
Police figured out that Jeffrey Arthur, the injured man with the gunshot wound to the leg, had attempted to steal the motorcycle only to have a 9MM in his back pocket go off. The bullet went through his leg. Police arrested Arthur and charged him with burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. His accomplice Justin Willingham was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and burglary.
Overall, motorcycle theft in the U.S. has decreased over the years: there were 56,093 motorcycles reported stolen in 2009, a 13 percent decrease from 64,492 reported thefts in 2008, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.
To prevent motorcycle theft:
- Always lock up your bike, even in storage
- If traveling with other motorcyclists, lock your bikes together
- If traveling alone, lock your bike to a secure, stationary object
- Install an alarm system
- Add unique markings to your motorcycle. That way if it is stolen, you can easily identify it.
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