‘These guys are prolific motorcycle thieves’: Crooks caught on camera

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SEATTLE -- A recent uptick in motorcycle thefts in the north Seattle area has police warning people to chain up their high-end bikes.

Jason Bush woke up Tuesday morning to a shock.

"My 2005 GSX R 1000 was stolen," said Bush.

Thieves busted his ignition lock.

"I spent a couple of years saving up to purchase it, took me while to find it and now it's gone," he said.

Bush is just the latest victim.

Detectives in the Auto Theft Unit say thieves were seen on surveillance video stealing two other motorcycles. On July 29, three men broke into a secured parking garage on Northgate Way. They were driving a stolen Honda Accord that they later stripped and dumped in SeaTac.

The main suspect was very thin, had a shaved head, goatee and tattoos down the inside of each forearm. The second suspect was wearing a red plaid shirt and a Mariners hat. The third suspect driving the car was black.  They stole a black 2004 Honda CBR 100.

"These guys are prolific motorcycle thieves and they took this with no problem whatsoever," said Ret. Det. Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound who is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to their arrest.

On July 31, cameras at a residential garage on 24th Avenue NE got still images of two suspects stealing a white Honda CBR600.  One of the suspects had a tattoo wrapped around his right bicep. The other was heavy-set and black.

Bush has started a Go Fund Me page to ask people to keep an eye out for his motorcycle and to raise money to replace it if it's not found. If you would like to help, you can go to this link: http://www.gofundme.com/4x66a8ef

He urges everyone to put a chain through the frame of their motorcycle to protect it from thieves.

"If you have a bike and you love it, do what you can to secure it," said Bush.

If you can identify any of the suspects, call the Crime Stoppers hotline anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) All calls are anonymous. You can also go to http://www.crimestoppers.com to submit your tip.