Dirt Bikes Stolen from Vernon Motorcycle Business at Historic Mill

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VERNON, CT – Police in Vernon are looking for thieves who broke into a section of the New England Motorcycle Museum early Wednesday morning and took off-road motorcycles.

The crime was filmed using the museum’s state-of-the-art surveillance system. Police also released still images of the theft.

The museum is located in the former Hockanum Mill complex, 200 West Main St., in the Rockville section of town. The building houses a showroom and a repair company. The restored bicycles are also sold at auction. Local entrepreneur Ken Kaplan purchased the property in 2013 and restored the historic mill dating back to the 1800s with state and federal assistance.

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The off-road motorcycles were stolen shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, police said. It appears that two white men in their twenties wearing hooded sweatshirts smashed windows and broke into the compound and stole a red 1996 Honda CR250 motocross motorcycle and a 2014 blue Yamaha YZ250 motocross motorcycle, a indicated the police.

Police said Thursday morning that a third person could be involved.

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Vernon Police said anyone with information about the crime can contact Constable Artur Czupryna at 860-872-9126, ext.2028.

The case is still under investigation, police said.

Photo credit: Kaplan Cycles / Vernon Police; Video credit: You Tube

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