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Stolen dirt bikes recovered in Rifle after eight days

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – Two dirt bike motorcycles that were stolen from a Rifle residence on July 2 were recovered Friday night by Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to the bike’s owner, Josh Allison of Rifle, Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies contacted him late Friday evening and said that they had just found two abandoned dirt bikes at Fravert Reservoir northwest of Rifle.

“I was excited,” Josh said when he had received the call. “But more excited that they weren’t burned or shot.”

The Allisons’ 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, according to Josh and his wife, Kausha Allison. The two had packed up their bikes in preparation for a Fourth of July camping trip. The bikes were stolen from the trailer sometime during the night of July 1, or the early morning of July 2, while the two were at work.

Also stolen were five gear bags; three of which were full of motorcycle riding gear and equipment, the other two were full of fishing tackle. Josh estimated the total value of what was taken to be around $20,000. The Allisons just purchased the 2009 Honda two months earlier.

One of the fishing bags was recovered on July 7, according to Josh. The bag was found in a Dumpster at Highland Elementary in Rifle, by a janitor.

The other four bags of gear have yet to be recovered, Josh said.

According to Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner an anonymous caller contacted the police with information regarding the case about 2 p.m. Friday, the same day that the Post Independent published a story about the missing motorcycles.

Around 8 p.m. Friday, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office received a call from another person who said that two motorcycles fitting the description in the news article were seen abandoned at Fravert Reservoir, according to Meisner.

Allison said, for the most part, the motorcycles were in “pretty good” condition and weren’t extensively damaged. He said that he did have to purchase a few minor parts to replace, but for the most part, he thinks he and Kausha will be back riding in a couple of weeks.

Josh also said that he was surprised that the motorcycles were found so quickly.

“It was pretty nice,” he said. “Most times people don’t get the stuff back.”

Meisner said that oftentimes the community holds the answer to the questions in cases like this.

“In this case, we probably got the call with the information because someone had seen the article,” Meisner said.

No arrests have been made yet, Meisner said. However, he said that the investigation remains open and police are following up on some leads on suspects in the case.

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