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Dirt bike theft ruins Rifle couple’s Fourth of July holiday

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – Josh and Kausha Allison were all packed and ready to go camping for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

However, their weekend was ruined when they returned home from work the morning of July 2 to find that their two dirt bike motorcycles had been stolen.

“We were going camping the next morning,” Kausha said. “We had everything packed up and ready to go.”

The two dirt bikes, a 2009 Honda CRF 450, and a 2005 Honda CRF 250r, were packed in an enclosed cargo trailer in the couple’s backyard. The trailer was not locked, but the gate on the six-foot privacy fence was, according to Josh.

“It kind of ruined the camping trip,” Josh said.

Along with the two motorcycles, three “gear bags” full of motorcycle gear and two fishing gear bags were also taken. Josh estimated that the total value of the property at about $20,000. Four of the bags were in the trailer with the motorcycles. The other bag and a pair of motorcycle boots, that were also taken, were inside the garage.

The incident occurred sometime during the night of July 1, or in the early morning hours of July 2, Josh said. No one was at the home the night of the burglary.

The Allisons owned the 250r for about two years, but they just bought the 450 about two months ago, according to Kausha.

Rifle Police department is investigating the matter. However, Police Chief Daryl Meisner said that they currently don’t have many strong leads.

“Many times, in crimes like this, the community holds the answers to solve it,” Meisner said.

Meisner said that burglaries of this nature are not very frequent, but there had been other burglaries in town a couple of months ago.

“We had a spell here a couple of months ago with residential burglaries, but it’s been a little quiet until this happened,” Meisner said. “I can’t say that there’s been a rash.”

Since the economic downturn, Meisner said the Rifle Police have seen an increase in property crimes, such as general burglaries and thefts.

One of the fishing gear bags was recovered on July 7 after a janitor, at Highland Elementary School in Rifle, found the bag and some riding gear in a Dumpster at the school. The janitor found a fishing log with Josh’s contact information in it and called him.

There were also black spray paint cans found in the Dumpster along with the gear bag. Josh said that he thinks whoever may have taken the dirt bikes may have painted them black.

Josh also said that he is willing to offer a cash reward to anyone with information leading to the recovery of the dirt bikes and gear.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Rifle Police Department at 625-2271 or 625-2331. Meisner said that anyone who has information, and wants to remain anonymous, can call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 945-0101.


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