Guyanese among the Motorcycle Theft Ring in New York
At least four Guyanese and counting are among some thirty three persons who were arrested in a massive stolen-motorcycle trafficking ring taken down by cops and the Manhattan DA’s Office this week. The ring also involved gun running and possibly drugs. The motorcycles would be loaded into vans, often themselves stolen.
The NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that the number of bikes stolen accounted for half the bikes swiped in the city this past year.
According to the Police Commissioner the streets served as outdoor showrooms where the crews went shopping.
The Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance jnr. noted the International reach of the Investigation that helped to nab the Guyanese and others who shipped not only bikes but guns to various locations.
The authorities are reporting that sixty-three of the motorcycles were recovered following the 17-month investigation, along with 17 guns, four of which were assault weapons. The charges are the result of this investigation that used a variety of law enforcement techniques, including undercover purchases by NYPD undercover officers, visual surveillance, and court-ordered electronic eavesdropping.
So far, the Guyanese members of the alleged criminal enterprise include 30 year old STEVE DOW know as Jersey Dred, and another 30 year old DWAYNE WHYTE aka “Rucker”, 23 year ODEL DAWSON, and 38 year old Vanetta Mitchell among others from New York, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia. They are charged with Enterprise Corruption, Criminal Sale of Firearms, Grand Larceny, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and related crimes.
The highly organized enterprise included vehicle escorts that would divert attention from the getaway vans by driving erratically if cops were spotted. The gang used what is called a lead blanket to prevent owners from detecting that their bikes equipped with GPS devices were stolen. A Guyanese biker who lives in Manhattan says he lost five bikes in seven years.
Capitol News understands that a drug bust in New Jersey nearly two years ago may have served as a catalyst in the investigation. Three of the persons involved in that bust were directly connected to members of the motorbike theft gang. All three have done plea deals and one was sentenced just last week. It is unclear what investigations will ensue from the Guyana end. The New York authorities are claiming that the bikes and parts were shipped to Guyana in Barrels and containers.