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Citizen reports finding stolen motorcycle, one suspect charged

(File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

Officials say that a stolen motorcycle that was identified and reported by a citizen has been recovered and one suspect has been charged in the case.

The suspect faces a felony charge of Theft in the case.

According to paperwork filed in Natrona County Circuit Court, the motorcycle, identified as a 1985 Harley Davidson, was first reported stolen during the late afternoon of September 11, 2021. The motorcycle was allegedly taken from a private home in the area of East 9th Street and Missouri Circle in Casper.

An affidavit filed by the Casper Police Department says that they then received a report from a citizen saying that they had found the stolen motorcycle. The reporting party was acquainted with the owner of the motorcycle and reported seeing an adult male removing parts from the bike in the backyard of a private home near 11th and Wisconsin Streets.

Casper PD officers say that they reported to the scene and made contact with an adult male suspect who appeared to be working on the bike. Police say that the suspect claimed ownership of the motorcycle but did not possess any paperwork, registration, or a bill of sale. The police affidavit says that the suspect claimed the bike had been given to him by an unidentified friend as part of a payment for a personal debt.

“[The suspect] advised that this friend had given [him] the bike because the friend owed [the suspect] $200.00 worth of ‘dope,'” Casper PD says in the affidavit.

Police say that an investigation of the VIN and registration on the motorcycle confirmed that the bike had been reported stolen. The suspect, identified as 33 year old Quintin David Sulzle, was reportedly arrested and taken to the Natrona County Detention Center.

Records show Sulzle is currently released on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.