Police recently sentenced four individuals involved in breaking into and attempting to steal from a local motorcycle lot. Three of the individuals were juveniles.
According to Bensalem Township police Officer Officer Phil Stackhouse, a patrolman for the Bensalem Township Police Department, police received an alarm from the Suzuki Fun Center, located on the 3000 block of Bristol Pike, around 3:15 AM on Sunday, April 20. When Stackhouse arrived on the scene, he found a hole in the fence surrounding the lot, but "no one was around." After investigating the area for a bit, Stackhouse noticed an adult male described as "slumped down in his vehicle…across the street." When questioned, the man quickly gave himself up and also spoke of three juveniles with whom he attempted the robbery.
Approximately twenty-five minutes later, Officer Stackhouse spotted the three described juveniles walking down Bristol Pike near the city line. Stackhouse shrewdly offered the three a ride on account of "the time of day," as he put it, and the suspects voluntarily loaded themselves into the back of Stackhouse's patrol car. Stackhouse then drove the three to the police station where each was identified by their accomplice, and the police proceeded to arrest all four individuals.
Stackhouse described the juveniles as between the ages of 15 fifteen and 17 seventeen and two were black while the other was Hispanic. Each of the juveniles pleaded guilty? and received sentencing from the juvenile court. The adult, a twenty-year old Hispanic male, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eighteen months in county jail.
When asked if motorcycle lots such as the Suzuki Fun Center often become the victims of burglary, Stackhouse said that the department "receives alarms constantly [from that location and others like it." Fortunately, due to the alarms' early warning, officers often arrive in time to catch the would-be criminals in the act. However, Stackhouse admits that if the actor commandeers a motorcycle, then he/she often escapes a police chase thanks to the bike's speed (provided the suspect does not crash).
As for a motive, Stackhouse says that motorcycle parts are easy money and quick to turn over. Therefore, a successful robbery usually results in a quick and high return.