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Orlando woman spots her stolen motorcycle on Facebook Live

Jose Alejandro Perez arrested after crash

ORLANDO, Fla. – When a woman -- whose motorcycle was taken from Orlando several weeks ago -- saw a man on social media riding her stolen bike, she was not pleased.

"The fact that someone else was even riding my bike got me really angry,” the victim said. “(I was also mad) just seeing him boast about it.”

The Miami-Dade Police Department arrested 20-year-old Jose Alejandro Perez after he crashed a motorcycle stolen from Orlando, officers said.
 
"Unfortunately, the way they found it, I wish it was different (considering the motorcycle was) in an accident,” the victim said. “But I'm pretty glad I got my bike back.”

News 6 found what appeared to be Perez's Facebook page, where he went "live," showing off what the victim said is her green motorcycle.
 
"(It was) pretty dumb on his part to put everything on Facebook,” the victim said. “I definitely knew that that was my bike, and just seeing his helmet that I had seen on the surveillance camera just put everything together.”

Surveillance video from the Uptown Place parking garage shows the exact moment the woman’s motorcycle was stolen. Police can't confirm that Perez was the one who rode off with her bike because that person was wearing a helmet, but they said he is likely part of a group of bike bandits.
 
"I'm very thankful that social media played its role and we were able to spot out my bike through everything,” the victim said, adding that she’s thankful the motorcycle didn't come back in pieces.

"I'll always remember it,” she said. “If I do have another bike, I guess I'll take the extra precautions.”

Perez will be in court May 18, charged with grand theft.

Police believe he didn't act alone. If you have any information that can help get results, call the Orlando Police Department.