Omaha Man's Stolen Motorcycle Found 46 Years Later

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

An Omaha man had his motorcycle stolen back in 1967. He never thought he would see it again, but apparently he thought wrong. Now police say they've found it.

Starting up his motorcycle and revving the engine puts a smile on Don DeVault's face. "I've always had a passion for them and at one point in time I used to build choppers and ride choppers," said DeVault.

He's owned a lot of motorcycles throughout his life, but he's always remembered one in particular, a Triumph Tiger that was stolen back in 1967. "I called police and filled out a report and that was the end of it. I never heard from them or anything about the bike." That is, until now.

He recently got a call from police in California saying they found it. "All they said was that someone was trying to ship it out of the country and they checked the number on the frame and found out it was stolen."

Police also sent him a picture of what the bike looks like now. It's definitely a different look from the blue bike that he remembers, but for DeVault, he's just thrilled to get it back. He said he's had a lot of good memories with the bike. "Usually they involved girlfriends."

DeVault said once he gets the bike back he's not sure where he's going to put it. Either in the garage or even possibly his living room. Anywhere that he can make sure it's going to be secure.

He's looking forward to taking the Triumph for a ride, but can't help but wonder, what it's been doing all these years. "I would like to know, where have you been?"

Police said DeVault should get his motorcycle returned to him within the next two weeks.

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