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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Multiple arrests made; stolen 2014 motorcycle recovered

  • A Shawnee man accused of hopping on a brand new Yamaha motorcycle that had the keys in it and driving the bike off a local dealer's lot is jailed on complaints of receiving and possession of stolen property. Multiple arrests have been made in the investigation.
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  • A Shawnee man accused of hopping on a brand new Yamaha motorcycle that had the keys in it and driving the bike off a local dealer’s lot is jailed on complaints of receiving and possession of stolen property. Multiple arrests have been made in the investigation.
    Brandon Garrett Ashley, 36, was still being held in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Tuesday night on $6,000 bond for the stolen property complaints; formal charges have not been filed.
    As part of the investigation, Shawnee police have recovered the stolen 2014 Yamaha R1, which had been repainted by the suspects, police reports show. Police have made multiple arrests during the course of this investigation, which began Friday when officers responded to Sehorn Yamaha, 2555 N. Harrison, where a suspect who was there with others to look at motorcycles allegedly rode one off the lot.
    The entire incident was caught on surveillance video.
    As police searched for the stolen motorcycle in the following days, they located a vehicle in a local neighborhood that matched the one occupied by the group looking at motorcycles at the dealership.
    That discovery led to the arrests of several people, including a local man on an outstanding warrant from Okmulgee County, while another man was arrested on a city of Shawnee warrant. Officers also arrested Ashley, who was being held in the Shawnee jail when police interviewed him about the stolen motorcycle.
    The report shows Ashley was asked how he obtained the motorcycle and he allegedly told police he asked some friends to take him to look at motorcycles, where he noticed one with the keys in it.
    The report shows he told officers that “he had been high for the last couple days and without thinking, he hopped on [the motorcycle] and rode away.”
    As part of this case, reports from this investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.

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