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Man doesn't return motorcycle during test-drive

Monday, April 29, 2013 12:35 PM
Last updated 7:29 PM
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Police are searching for a 2012 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle after a man test-driving it failed to return it to the owner.

According to an incident report, the motorcycle’s owner was driving it with a for sale sign posted when he was stopped by a man who showed interest in the bike.

The interested buyer, who identified himself as Freddie Banks, came to the victim’s Aylesbury Drive residence around 5 p.m. Saturday to test drive the motorcycle. The victim told police he instructed the buyer that he was leaving and would not return for several hours. If Banks returned with the bike before the owner returned home, he was instructed to give the keys to the owner’s son.

The owner alerted police around noon Sunday when the bike was never returned.

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 04/29/13 - 11:48 am
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Who lets someone test drive

Who lets someone test drive ANYTHING for "several hours"?!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/29/13 - 12:16 pm
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Yeh,

That was REAL smart. Also, take a picture of their driver's license with your cellphone. Dealerships don't let you drive away in a vehicle without making copies of driver's license and insurance.

gaj265
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gaj265 04/29/13 - 01:51 pm
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SPELLING

Please correct the spelling of motorcycle in the headline. Thanks!

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 04/29/13 - 02:08 pm
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@ gaj265

Thank you. It is fixed.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/29/13 - 03:00 pm
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Dealerships make a copy of

Dealerships make a copy of your DL before the test drive so they can run your credit report while you're out driving. By the time you get back they know how much car you can afford.

msgret92
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msgret92 04/29/13 - 03:58 pm
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credit report

If a business runs a credit report without consent they are breaking the law.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/29/13 - 04:40 pm
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That settles it then. Car

That settles it then. Car dealers would never break the law. Probably the most honest industry in the US

Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/30/13 - 05:23 am
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DIXIEMAN GOT YOUR HARLEY!!

"Police are on the lookout for a suspect driving a....." oh, you know the rest.

myfather15
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myfather15 04/30/13 - 05:33 am
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I don't know how it is now,

I don't know how it is now, as I haven't purchased a new vehicle in a long time; but back in the day they would let you keep the vehicle over night and return it the next day.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/30/13 - 06:43 am
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Funny

I wonder if he is that free with all of his belongings?

soitgoes
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soitgoes 04/30/13 - 07:40 am
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was he a walk-up?

How did he get to the house to test-ride the motorcycle?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 04/30/13 - 08:14 am
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It's nice to know there are some trusting people out there..

but trust has to be earned. He needs a Gibbs from NCIS slap to the head...

my.voice
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my.voice 04/30/13 - 10:35 am
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The real questions are: How

The real questions are:

How did the police officer(s) who responded to this not laugh in the guys face?

Does he have anything else for sale?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/30/13 - 11:41 am
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Overnite

They probably don't do that these days, unfortunately, and I doubt just anyone would be able to do that. I'm sure they would size you up first. But I did keep one for the weekend....they know what they're doing. Let you drive it a couple days, they know they've got you hooked.

charlie marlow
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charlie marlow 04/30/13 - 03:27 pm
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No money - No test ride

This is why you don't let anyone test ride a motorcycle unless they hand over the full asking price. If the bike is returned undamaged, then the money can be returned and negotiations may continue. On the other hand, if the motorcycle is damaged or not returned, it can be considered sold.

Darby
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Darby 04/30/13 - 04:47 pm
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"back in the day they would let you keep

the vehicle over night and return it the next day."

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Well, that confirms my suspicions. I definitely DO NOT have an honest face.

GaRealist
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GaRealist 05/01/13 - 09:28 am
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A poorly written article...

This article lacks the basics. How did the person come to the mans house? Fly, walk, rode a horse? It also says the man was driving it with a for sale sign on it and was stopped by the person. Did the person run out into the middle of the road and flag him down? Was someone else with the person? The writer of this article left out too many points that would obviously be on the police report I'm thinking.

Darby
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Darby 05/01/13 - 10:55 am
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