Stolen Classic Motorcycle Returned to Owner

Posted at 7:07 PM, Aug 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-26 21:03:56-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After more than a week a man from Grand Rapids has been reunited with his 1971 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

Stolen from his yard in the middle of the night, Doug Streichhirsch, said he’s got a lot of work ahead of him now that it’s his motorcycle is back.

“They got it. Stripped it down. Looks like they were trying to take everything apart,” Streichhirsch said.

The thieves were caught on video that FOX 17 was able to obtain from a nearby business. After airing the surveillance footage, Streichhirsch said he received a tip that he forwarded on to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

“Last week, when you guys aired the quick, little thing on it, that’s where the tip came from, where it was located at,” he said.

Police said they found the Triumph in the same neighborhood where Streichhirsch lives.

Streichhirsch showed off the parts to his bike, which now occupy his trunk until he is able to piece the motorcycle back together.

He purchased the bike 5-years-ago. He said a good friend of his helped him pick out the British classic and that he even helped him restore it.

“He helped me rebuild it. He passed last month, so it’s kind of a living memory of him right here,” Streichhirsch said. “For me to have it stolen from me so shortly after he passed, it was pretty devastating.”

Streichhirsch said he’s going to rebuild the bike piece by piece.

“I’m never going to get rid of it. As long as I’m riding it I’m always gonna think of him and remember him,” Streichhirsch said.