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Federal customs officers say they ended a motorcycle theft ring and recovered eight stolen from Maryland and Virginia.
The motorcycles had been disassembled, stuffed into salvage vehicles and packed on ships headed for Bolivia.
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Federal customs officers say they ended a motorcycle theft ring and recovered eight stolen from Maryland and Virginia. The motorcycles had been disassembled, stuffed into salvage vehicles and packed on ships headed for Bolivia.

Federal customs officers say they ended a motorcycle theft ring and recovered eight stolen from Maryland and Virginia. The motorcycles had been disassembled, stuffed into salvage vehicles and packed on ships headed for Bolivia.

Federal agents recovered the first two from a ship in Baltimore after a tip from police in Fairfax County, Virginia. They used a database of shipping information to identify similar containers on other ships.

"We used to have to scour through these things by eyeball, flipping through pages," said Stephen Sapp, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security. "Fast forward to today. We have technology now that's a searchable database that we can enter some key elements or key words in and immediately pull that up into the database."

Fairfax County police have made three arrests in the case.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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