Friday, June 22, 2012
A Myrtle Beach vacation turned into a nightmare for a 25-year-old North Carolina man when his motorcycle was stolen – twice.
The ordeal for Alston Faulkner began Sunday when his motorcycle was taken from the Sands Motel in Myrtle Beach, which is where he was staying.
He reported the motorcycle stolen to Myrtle Beach Police.
At about 7:40 p.m. Monday, a Georgetown County deputy was on patrol on Highmarket Street when he saw three speeding motorcycles. He clocked one of the bikes at 89 mph in a 60 mph zone.
The deputy activated his blue lights and siren and one of the drivers accelerated to more than 100 mph.
“The driver then made an abrupt left turn through the center median and crossed over Highmarket Street without regard for other oncoming vehicles,” the deputy noted. “The motorcycle then proceeded down Saints Delight Road passing vehicles at 120 mph.”
The driver turned onto Powell Road and reached a speed of 140 mph, the deputy reports.
Once turning on Columbus Road, the driver ran the motorcycle in a ditch and fled into the woods on foot and was not located.
The motorcycle’s license tag number was relayed to Central Dispatch and it was learned it was the bike belonging to Faulkner. He was contacted and he asked if an investigator could process the bike for evidence.
Fingerprints were lifted from the motorcycle before it was towed by Rubin’s Wrecker Service.
According to a report filed with Georgetown Police, the wrecker owner, Louis Rubin, said he towed the motorcycle to his lot on North Fraser Street.
When Rubin arrived back at work Tuesday morning, he saw the fence had been cut and the motorcycle had been taken from a shed where it had been placed Monday evening.
William Faulkner, father of Alston Faulkner, told the Georgetown Times Wednesday, he was told someone followed the wrecker from the scene to the lot but that person has not been identified. He said he feels whoever stole the bike from Myrtle Beach did not work alone because the steering wheel was locked and the motorcycle had to be hot-wired to get it to start.
He said when he and his son arrived at the Georgetown Police Department Tuesday to get the motorcycle — not knowing it had been stolen a second time — they were taken to an interrogation room and were read their Miranda Rights before being questioned.
Alston Faulkner was listed as a possible suspect on the original incident report.
However, after being questioned it was determined he had nothing to do with the theft and is no longer a suspect, said Police Capt. Nelson Brown.
William Faulkner said he feels the bike was stolen the second time by the same person — or someone associated with the person — who took the bike from Myrtle Beach.
“I think they wanted to get the motorcycle before it was processed for prints,” Faulkner said, adding it was too late because fingerprints were retrieved before the bike was towed.
He is offering a $500 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the thefts.
By Scott Harper