Identity thief scams motorcycle dealer

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. – National City police are looking for a suspect who got away with an $8,000 sports bike.

The thief made the purchase using a stolen credit card, but investigators may already have his identity.

“We’re hoping someone will recognize him,” said Kenny Chen.

Chen is the owner of Onyx Moto, a sports bike dealer on Hoover Avenue in National City.  He has a copy of what is believed to be the driver’s license of the thief who stole a bike from his dealership.

He told FOX 5 it all started when he got a call Saturday night.

“I got a phone call from a gentleman who said he was out in Texas and he wanted to buy a bike for his son who was at school at SDSU,” said Chen.

Chen placed the order for the 2009 Suzuki GXSR600 and ran the caller’s American Express card. The purchase was approved and the money was in the bank on Monday.

On Tuesday, a man showed up to pick up the bike.

“The "son" came by. He was stoked about the bike, ready to pick it up. The only thing that threw me off is he was anxious to leave really quickly," Chen said.

Chen let the man leave the store with the bike. He even let him borrow a helmet so he could ride the bike home. Then he got another phone call, this time from the real cardholder.

“He said I never bought a motorcycle and he was like, I don’t even have a son, so it was quite a shock,” said Chen.

A police report has been filed. The suspect’s driver’s license identifies him as 25-year-old Christopher Hamilton from Arlington, Washington. He’s even an organ donor.

The National City police said they are investigating and trying to determine whether the identification is legitimate or fake.

Chen has also created a Facebook page and reached out to the biking community.

“The words getting out there that there’s a stolen bike,” said Chen.

The bike is valued at more than $8,000. Kenny said phone orders are rare, but now even more so.

“Definitely going to have to rethink our policy for the future,” said Chen.

There is a $1,500 reward being offered. No questions will be asked if the bike is brought back. Those with information are asked to call National City police.