GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids and Wyoming Police say they have seen an increase in thefts of motorcycles in recent weeks.
Police say the greatest concentration has been in the Wyoming area and many of the thefts have been from carports at apartment complexes. Thieves are thought to be dragging or carrying the motorcycles from the scene to a trailer or covered vehicle.
Most of the stolen motorcycles are the smaller sport bikes of 600 CC's and up, often called "crotch rockets."
Sgt. Stan Lis of the regional auto theft team told WZZM 13 Friday:"Either these are thefts to order for probably motorcycle gangs or groups or they're being stolen because they're crotch rockets, stolen for the engines."
Wyoming Police say that 16 motorcycles have been stolen since January of 2011, but six of those have happened since March 1, 2012.