Six charged in ATV, motorcycle thefts

October 1, 2009 3:37:59 PM PDT
Six people have been charged in a suburban Philadelphia theft ring targeting motorcycles and ATVs.The thefts happened between June of 2008 and June of 2009 in four counties.

"A lot of them were in apartment complexes. Most of them, or all of them, were taken between midnight and four or five in the morning," said Det. Randy Martin of the Delaware County Criminal Investigative Division.

"It's unlikely they were going to be detected. They can be on scene and gone," said District Attorney Mike Green. "That's what we're fighting."

Many of the stolen vehicles had been offered for sale the websites Craigslist and eBay. The criminals would allegedly track down the owners, then steal the bikes.

Police say after stealing the bikes, worth about $8,000, the suspects would then sell them to a middleman, or fence, for about $1,000. That person, in turn, would then sell them on the street for upwards of $5,000.

One night, police came across Peter Desantis and Michael Furfaro.

"Desantis and Furfaro were out in these hours, and it was noted that there were motorcycle chains and blocks were in their pickup truck. That's what started this focus on these two," said Det. Martin.

It is now alleged they are part of a wide-ranging ring targeting the high-end bikes.

Of the six people charged, one man, Michael Tinsley, is still at large.


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