The Clarksville Police Department has created a 10-member task force to curtail motorcycle thefts happening within the city.
Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley says motorcycle thefts have sky rocketed over the past year compared to previous years and believes the thefts are an organized effort made by several individuals.
Within the past year, the police department responded to 59 motorcycle thefts and has recovered 9 bikes so far and has arrested several individuals allegedly involved in the thefts.
Chief Ansley says sport bikes like the Suzuki GSZR and the Yamaha YZF-R6 are what thieves are going after and he says most of the thefts are occurring at apartment complexes.
Chief Ansley is asking the public to be the eyes and ears of the community and report any suspicious activity.
In 2011, the police department investigated 215 motorcycle thefts and now police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a late model pick-up truck with multi-colored doors seen recently in surveillance video driving off with a stolen bike.
Police believe the driver of the pick-up truck was driving into town from the Ashland City area.
Individuals who have information about the pick-up truck or motorcycle thefts are urged to call the Clarksville Police Department at 931-648-0656.