Deputies responding to a report of suspicious activity at a motel in the county recovered a motorcycle that had been stolen without the owner realizing the bike was missing.
No arrests were made but the motorcycle was seized and returned to the owner as the investigation continues.
The incident took place Feb. 19 when Deputies Zach Gilpin, Dustin Jackson and Mitchell Ward were dispatched to the Budget Inn to investigate suspicious activities of those who were in and around the room, according to Jackson's report.
When they arrived at the motel, the found the room door open and observed a blue 2009 Suzuki G65 motorcycle parked inside the room. Also inside were three local men.
When questioned about the cycle, one suspect said the another man had brought the motorcycle into the room, but when that man was questioned, he denied any knowledge of the bike. A computer check showed the motorcycle was not reported stolen, but deputies asked an investigator to contact the owner and inquire if he knew where the bike was located.
It was then that the owner, a Main St., Crab Orchard, resident, discovered that his motorcycle was missing.
Investigators David Hamby, Bo Kollros and David Gibson picked up the investigation and it was reported that the motorcycle — valued at $6,000 — had an estimated $3,000 in damage done to it "during the theft process."
The investigation has now led to other thefts in the area and investigation is continuing.