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Stolen Motorcycle Leads Police to Thief

Detectives with the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT) have arrested a man they believe may be responsible for stealing numerous Harley Davidson motorcycles over the last nine months.

At about 5:30 pm on March 17, 2010, a Harley Davidson motorcycle was stolen from a residence in the 7500 block of West Grandview Avenue, in Arvada. The motorcycle was equipped with a LoJack anti-theft device.

Arvada police notified MATT detectives who immediately began working the case. The LoJack signal was sent out from the stolen motorcycle, enabling detectives to locate it at an address in Adams County where the motorcycle had been parked by the suspect.

The Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force detectives were able to develop information identifying 43-year-old Johnny Anthony Baca Jr. of Denver as the suspect in this motorcycle theft and several other cases.

At about 7:30 pm on March 18, 2010, MATT detectives along with officers from the Lakewood Police Department Special Enforcement Team located Baca driving his vehicle around Morrison Road and Perry Steet in Denver. Baca was stopped and subsequently arrested.

Baca was transported to the Lakewood Police Department for processing and then to the Jefferson County Jail. He faces charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft.

For further information contact Sgt. Dave Hoover  with the Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force at 303-987-4901