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Two charged in connection with motorcycle theft

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Joseph Lucas (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Joseph Lucas (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
James Norman (Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) James Norman (Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Richland County Sheriff's deputies announced Friday the arrest of two men in connection with a motorcycle theft.

Joseph Lucas and James Norman are facing grand larceny charges, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. 

On Feb. 19, two motorcycles were stolen from an apartment complex at 8100 Garners Ferry Road. 

Lott said that as the weather begins to warm up, motorcycle enthusiasts will begin to emerge.

"Unfortunately, the criminal element takes this as the time to prepare for the upcoming bike weeks and summer joyrides," Lott said. "Every year we see an increase in motorcycle thefts during this time period."

The majority of motorcycle thefts occur at apartment complexes where bikes are left unsecure in the parking lot often poorly lit areas.

Here are a few tips for securing your motorcycle:

• Motorcycle alarms

• A good lock and chain, and brake disc lock

• Immobilisers (electronic security device that prevents the engine from running) approved by your insurance company.

• Paging alarm that alerts you by SMS when your bike is tampered with

• Install a GPS tracking system

• Mark parts of your motorcycle with your vehicle identification number and vehicle registration. As few bikes find their way back to the victims as the origin cannot be traced. By marking your parts, it will make it more difficult to sell the parts.

• If you have a garage, be sure to use it.

• Park your bike where it can be seen by passers by day or night and in well lighted areas.

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