Crooks steal $15,000 motorcycle from parking garage

HOUSTON - Two men stole a high-performance motorcycle from a west Houston parking garage.

Brad Bangle said he parked his Kawasaki ZX 14 Ninja in the garage on Westlake Park Boulevard while he went to work. When he went to ride home, his $15,000 motorcycle was missing.

"I said, 'I know I rode it in today and I know I parked here,'" Bangle said. "I was leaving work and was ready to go home. I walked out to the parking garage and my red motorcycle wasn't there."

The parking garage surveillance system showed two men pulled up next to the bike in an older model BMW and one of them jumped out and walked over to the bike. The video showed the man was dressed in a motorcycle jacket. Investigators said he probably did it to avoid any suspicion.

For minutes, officials said the crook worked to break the lock on the bike, but realized he could not do it alone. So he waved his accomplice over for help.

The duo snapped the lock and hot-wired the motorcycle, officials said, and the man wearing the jacket rode off.

"Not everyone knows how to ride a motorcycle. I think it was someone who know what they were doing," Bangle said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Bangle said he doesn't believe he'll get his motorcycle back and that it was stolen for parts.

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