SONITROL alarm helps snare Harley thieves after two years of showroom raids

Sonitrol alarm helps catch motorcycle thieves

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SONITROL has released details of a gang of bike thieves arrested after they tried to steal Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the Evansville showroom in Indiana. The story goes back to last year, but new information reveals the gang arrested was behind a string of similar high-value thefts from motorcycle dealers over the previous two years.

Over a holiday weekend in 2021, a SONITROL operator in the Evansville Central Station Operator received the alarm from the town’s Harley-Davidson dealership. The operator confirmed there were intruders on the site and called in the cops.

Suspects fled the scene but a K-9 cop tracked the suspects hiding on a vehicle and colleagues arrested the gang. Police were able to recover all the merchandise and six people were charged with unlawful entry into the building with the intention to steal motorcycles.

So far, so good. But the local news station revealed why the arrest was so significant: It was Fox 2 News that revealed that the United States Secret Service have linked this gang to a Saint Louis “crime ring”, which is responsible for more than $1 million in stolen motorcycles and other property since 2019. It was further reported that just three days before the Evansville raid and arrests, the same crime ring had successfully stolen bikes at a Harley-Davidson in Clarksville, Tennessee. One assumes it didn’t have a SONITROL alarm system, though that’s not confirmed.

“Our Central Station Operators are trained to verify an intrusion and dispatch law enforcement at once,” says Sam Standring, President of SONITROL of Evansville.

“While the perpetrators were able to rob the Clarksville Harley-Davidson, they weren’t a match for the Evansville store that was armed with SONITROL. Because of our team’s immediate response, local police apprehended the criminals, and tens of thousands of dollars in assets was protected. I am proud of my team and of SONITROL’s unrivaled superiority in the commercial alarm market. We hope other businesses will choose SONITROL, as well.”

SONITROL’s verified audio intrusion detection is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your security arsenal. It led to a quick response from the SONITROL Operator who was able to tell law enforcement dispatch that there were intruders on-site and to immediately respond. SONITROL’s verified response reduces potential loss and increases the chance of criminal apprehension.

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