NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After having his motorcycle stolen more than a year ago, a man discovered his stolen property on Facebook as the alleged thief was trying to sell the bike.
For more than a year, Race Paquette has been without his motorcycle after it was stolen.
"It was broad daylight like this and I was at home. My neighbor actually witnessed it. She just thought it was my friend," said Paquette.
He thought his bike was gone for good -- that was until he got a call from his friend this week.
"The guy who works here at Bellevue Cycle calls me and says, 'hey man, I think I found your motorcycle.' 'it was posted on the NAMR website about 24 minutes ago,'" said Paquette.
NAMR is a Facebook group that stands for Nashville Area Motorcycle Riders.
Paquette said, "I got the guy to basically call me and I pretended to be someone else."
While on the phone, Paquette arranged to meet the guy with the bike at a Waffle House on White Bridge Road.
While heading to the meeting location, Paquette called police and they asked him to wait for them to accompany him to the location. Paquette said he fear that would tip the man off, so he went with his girlfriend and he also had three friends waiting, "just in case things went south."
When the man pulled up with the bike, Paquette said police were nearby and, "I ignored the police officer there. I could tell [the man] was still looking at them."
Paquette asked the guy before buying the bike if he could sit and start it up, the guy agreed that would be okay.
"As soon as I started it up, I took off. I went around the corner, road on the sidewalk and pulled right in front of the officer," said Paquette.
Police later arrested Lawrence Orlando for theft of property.
After proving the motorcycle belonged to him, Paquette was able to ride it home.
He said only an additional 2,000 miles were put on the motorcycle within the year it was stolen.
Paquette said getting his bike back is also a good thing because he took out a $7,000 loan to purchase the bike and he still owes more $3,000 on that loan. Paquette said he still made monthly payments after the motorcycle was stolen.
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