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Cannonball rider recovers stolen truck, trailer and vintage motorcycles

The case of the missing motorcycles ended in a mostly positive fashion Wednesday.

Seattle police announced during the early afternoon that they’d recovered, on a street near the city’s port complex, a utility trailer carrying vintage Harley Davidsons used in the Cannonball Endurance Run, which ended Sunday in Tacoma.

While four motorcycles were still inside, many spare parts — including a disassembled fifth bike — and other items appeared to be missing, friends of the trailer’s owner, Jon Neuman, said on Facebook.

Still, Neuman, a resident of Texas, was pleased.

“I can’t tell you how relieved I am,” Neuman said from Seattle as police dusted the trailer for fingerprints.

The trailer and Neuman’s attached Ford F-250 pickup were stolen either late Monday or early Tuesday from the parking garage of the Hotel Murano in Tacoma.

The theft and Neuman’s desperate two-day odyssey to recover his property were a hot story on social media. Neuman said he received information from people as far away as Toledo, Ohio, who thought they’d spotted his trailer.

“We got a lot of leads,” he said. “Some people even called from British Columbia.”

But it was a passerby in South Seattle who spotted the trailer about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Seventh Place South and alerted police, who in turn contacted Neuman.

It was the second find in as many days for Neuman.

King County sheriff’s deputies found his truck abandoned near Auburn on Tuesday night.

Neuman said the thieves broke out the Ford’s door lock to gain entry and then punched the ignition to start it. The pickup is running but will need repairs, he said.

The thieves also stole nearly everything that was inside the cab, even a small flashlight, Neuman said.

“They were very thorough,” he said.

Neuman and friends were in Tacoma last weekend participating in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. The 4,000-mile ride started Sept. 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Neuman said he parked his truck and trailer on the second floor of the Hotel Murano parking garage Monday night. He and his party were set to leave town Tuesday. He noticed the rig was missing when he got up early Tuesday morning to go to the bathroom.

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