January 28, 2015

Fingerprints identify motorcycle thief

A man from Doral, Florida who stole a motorcycle from Key West in August was arrested and charged with the crime Tuesday.

33 year old Eric Jimenez stole the Suzuki motorcycle from a Key West resident on August 25th. Key West Police issued a notice to be on the lookout for it that morning. Deputy William Daniels spotted it at the 62 mile marker northbound, but was unable to turn around to pursue it. He radioed other deputies and Deputy Rosary Ponce, on patrol in Islamorada, spotted it at the 73 mile marker. The motorcycle and driver fit the description given by KWPD. She began following and was backed up by Deputy Caridad Bellon.

The motorcycle appeared to be pulling over at Whale Harbor, but after looking back at the deputies, the driver sped up again, reaching speeds of 103 miles per hour. He finally pulled off the roadway at the 86 mile marker and ditched the motorcycle, fleeing on foot.

A search failed to turn up the driver. His fingerprints, however, were found on the motorcycle.

The prints were processed and were identified as belonging to Jimenez. A warrant was issued for his arrest. He was booked into jail Tuesday on charges of grand theft and two counts fleeing and eluding police.

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