The thrill of accomplishment turned to dread Tuesday morning for Jon Neuman.
The Texas man had participated in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, which finished its 4,000-mile trek Sunday in Tacoma.
Some time overnight Monday, a thief or thieves made off with Neuman’s truck, trailer and the five vintage motorcycles they were carrying.
The rig was parked on the second level of the Hotel Murano parking garage in downtown Tacoma. The trailer also was crammed with spare parts and tools, everything Neuman and his team needed to keep the motorcycles on the road, he said.
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“These are professional thieves, I think, because they did not leave a trace of evidence,” Neuman said Tuesday morning. “I’m sick about it.”
Neuman said he last saw his truck and trailer about 10 p.m. Monday. He got up about four hours later to use the bathroom and glanced out the window toward the parking garage where his truck had been parked.
“It wasn’t there,” he said. “I first thought it was towed.”
A conversation with Murano staff disavowed him of that notion, Neuman said.
He said he made a report to Tacoma police and made arrangements to raise reward money, which totaled $20,000 on Tuesday. Anyone with information about the location of the missing vehicles and trailer was asked to call Tacoma police.
Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd confirmed that Neuman filed a report. Detectives are looking into the theft, she said.
“At this point, there are no suspects,” she said.
The pickup is a 2001 dark gray Ford F-250 crew cab. The trailer is dark gray, with two windows on the sides. Truck and trailer sport Texas license plates and Cannonball Run stickers.
The motorcycles are:
• A 1919 Harley Davidson with Mississippi antique plate 9620.
• A 1926 Harley Davidson JD with Texas antique plate BDKX4.
• A 1928 Harley Davidson JD, with Texas antique plate BFGV2.
• A 1931 Harley Davidson VL with Texas antique plate BFGR3.
The fifth cycle is mostly disassembled and used for parts, Neuman said.