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Tip uncovers stolen motorcycles

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 30, 2015




A half-dozen stolen motorcycles were discovered at a home in the 21000 block of Elaine Street following a tip called in to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad.

On July 21, after receiving the tip, St. Clair Shores police officers found a stolen motorcycle in the front yard of the home.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brian Barlog, of MATS, said that the informant told them that the house had a bike sitting on the front lawn and that there were more stolen motorcycles on the property. When the St. Clair Shores police officers inspected the bike on the lawn, they saw that some of the identification numbers had been ground off of it. Barlog said that the bike was assembled from parts of other motorcycles.

“The engine number had been ground down, but not the number of the transmission,” Barlog said, explaining that the squad was able to trace that number back to a motorcycle that was reported stolen in 1973 from Mobile, Alabama.

MATS executed a search warrant July 22 and reportedly found five other stolen motorcycles in the garage of the home on Elaine.

Barlog said the informant told police that the bikes were stolen from the Port Huron area and, when MATS contacted police in that jurisdiction, they confirmed that the bikes had been stolen in the prior 4-6 weeks.

The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office charged the homeowner, Michael Falbo, with six counts of receiving and concealing stolen property, which carries a potential prison term of five years and/or a $10,000 fine, or three times the value of the vehicle, whichever is greater.

He was arraigned July 24 in 40th District Court and released on a $25,000 personal bond. He is being represented by David Griem, of Detroit, who could not be reached for comment before press time.

Barlog said the investigation is continuing and MATS is working to bring charges against another suspect.

The Macomb Auto Theft Squad is an auto-theft task force composed of detectives from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and the Warren, Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores and Sterling Heights police departments.