Thief caught on camera stealing expensive Kawasaki Ninja

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EDMOND, Okla -- Police say leaving your motorcycles unlocked is a crime of opportunity.

A tenant of Bryant Place Apartments near UCO learned the hard way.

"She's a sweet gal and that was her transportation," said John Judy. He's worked on the victim's tricked out Kawasaki Ninja many times.

Recently, a thief ripped off that $3,000 motorcycle.

"Clearly you can see that he's walking through the parking lot with a motorcycle. Obviously it's 4:25 in the morning and not a lot of people are up," said Edmond Police Spokesperson Jenny Wagnon.

While he may have avoided the sleeping tenants, security cameras still caught the suspect in action.

Wagnon told NewsChannel 4, "It was very clear. Usually we don't get video that is so clear especially at night. By releasing, someone can recognize the suspect."

Authorities say it's a good reminder to other UCO students to lock it or lose.

A simple, $30 device can provide the obstacle to save your hot wheels from a determined crook.

Judy told us, "Thieves are lazy. That's why they are thieves. A simple disc or lock, anything to slow them down is going to stop 95 % of thieves."

The apartment management released a statement saying: "Our residents are our number one priority. We are working with local authorities on possible incidents involving theft of motorcycles in and around our area. Based on the findings, we will communicate with our residents on theft prevention and other safety measures."

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