Orlando police are investigating a string of motorcycle thefts from downtown apartment complexes, and detectives think two separate groups are responsible.
One group, police said, stole a Suzuki GSX-R from the Nora complex on North Orange Ave on Feb. 2, then left it outside a hotel down the street with its starter system and seat missing.
Those suspects also may be responsible for the March 18 theft of a Suzuki from Camden Orange Court apartments on North Orange Avenue; a Yamaha stolen from the nearby SteelHouse Apartments on the same day; and a BMW motorcycle that went missing from Park North at Cheney Place, also on North Orange Avenue, on March 29.
In those cases, the suspects were filmed on surveillance cameras in a silver or light blue Toyota Sienna minivan and a silver 2016 Nissan Quest minivan, police said.
Another set of suspects may have stolen four other bikes in another string of robberies, police said. They were captured on video in a gold Honda sedan.
Two Yamahas went missing from Paramount Apartments on East Pine Street on April 9. The next day, a Kawasaki was taken from Uptown Place Apartments on North Orange Avenue, and another Yamaha was reported stolen from the Camden Orange Court apartments.
Police said motorcycle owners should lock their ignitions, add loud alarm systems and park in well-lit areas. They should not keep the motorcycles’ titles on the bikes, police said.
Anyone with information should call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.