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Burglars break into O’Fallon business, ride away on stolen motorcycles, police say

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Five Kawasaki motorcycles were reported stolen from a business early Friday morning, according to police.

The suspects rode four of the motorcycles from the scene at MetroEast Motorsports in O’Fallon and loaded a fifth one into a dark-colored minivan, the O’Fallon Police Department stated in a news release. Police said they came prepared with helmets.

Witnesses told police they saw two of the motorcycles speeding westbound on Interstate 64 near Illinois 111 shortly after the theft.

A burglar alarm went off at MetroEast Motorsports on Frontage Road just before 2:30 a.m. Friday.

The O’Fallon Police Department said it responded within minutes. A window was broken and an overhead garage door was open when officers arrived, the department’s news release stated.

Police say the stolen motorcycles included:

A green 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R.

A green 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R.

A green 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 636.

A green and black 2019 Kawasaki Ninja Z650.

A silver 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call 618-624-9551 or email ckoch@ofallon.org.

The metro-east is home for investigative reporter Lexi Cortes. She was raised in Granite City, went to school in Edwardsville and now lives in Collinsville. Lexi has worked at the Belleville News-Democrat since 2014, winning multiple state awards for her investigative and community service reporting.
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