DeLAND, Fla. – Authorities are investigating a burglary at a motorbike shop in DeLand that could be connected to a group out of Orlando, authorities said.
DeLand police said the owner of DeLand Motorsports, located at 2610 South Woodland Boulevard, saw, through a live surveillance video system, as many as 15 people break into the business early Saturday.
The thieves shattered a glass window to the business and loaded 10 motorcycles into the back of a U-Haul truck before driving away with them, police said.
The owner reported the break-in and a Volusia County deputy spotted the U-Haul truck a short time later on State Road 472. When the deputy approached the truck, four men bailed from it and got into a silver Hyundai and took off, according to police.
Around 3:50 a.m., a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted the Hyundai going west on I-4 toward Orlando. Before the trooper activated their lights, the driver of the Hyundai stopped and most of the passengers got out and ran away, police said.
One of the suspects, identified as 19-year-old Jalen Thomas, of Orlando, stayed with the vehicle and was taken into custody.
Thomas told investigators the vehicle belonged to his girlfriend and that he was approached by someone named "Sed" the day before who told Thomas he was going to commit the burglary and that he needed Thomas to be the getaway driver, according to an arrest affidavit.