The NYPD is investigating the theft of seven motorcycles from a police parking lot where they were being stored as evidence.
The bikes were among some 60 high-end bikes that authorities had seized in July from a crime ring. Thirty-three people were charged in the smuggling scheme and remain behind bars.
The New York Times reports that the bikes were discovered missing from the Bronx parking lot on Aug. 24. Police believe the bikes had been stolen a day earlier.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said the lot is fenced in but not locked. He noted that the batteries had been removed from the bikes and the wheels locked to make them harder to steal.
“Since the bikes were disabled, it’s unlikely they were driven off themselves, but possibly loaded into another vehicle, like a van, and driven off the lot,” Mr. Browne said.
Police said the crime ring swiped a total of $500,000 worth of motorcycles off the streets.
An investigator told the Times that the theft was likely an inside job.