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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Riverside man gets stolen dirt bike back after more than 16 years

 

Last updated 3/16/2018 at 1:43pm

A Riverside man whose dirt bike was stolen more than 16 years ago got a big surprise recently when he found out the bike had been recovered by officers from the California Highway Patrol's Temecula office.

Kamron Golbaf of Riverside was was 11 years old when he told law enforcement that his 1998 Honda CR 80 dirt bike had been taken from his garage. On Wednesday, March 14, Golbaf recieved a call from CHP Officer Ralph Villegas that the bike had been recovered, according to a CHP news release.

Recently a person had purchased the bike off Craigslist, but discovered that it had not been registered for many years after taking the bike to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Since the DMV did not have any record of the bikes Vehicle Identification Number, officials there referred the purchaser to the CHP to verify the VIN, according to the release.

Villegas inspected the dirt bike and was able to determine that it was the same bike Golbaf had reported missing on Dec. 3, 2001.

Golbaf picked up the bike Wednesday afternoon and stated, "Wow, I don't remember it being that small," according to the release.

CHP officials asked that if a member of the public has concerns about a used vehicle he or she is purchasing, they come in to the Temecula CHP office with their driver’s license, exact location of vehicle and the VIN information.

 

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