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Port Richey man followed tire tracks to find stolen bike

PORT RICHEY — When he woke up Tuesday morning, Corey Hilton discovered his yellow Fatboy mini chopper motorbike was gone.

But Hilton didn't have to look far for his bike. According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, he followed tire tracks across the street, up a walkway and into his neighbor's house on Tyson Drive. A strong smell of gasoline led him to his missing motorbike, worth $1,200, in a guest bedroom under a pile of clothes.

Deputies say Christopher Burns, 26, spent the early hours of Tuesday morning cutting Hilton's backyard fence open and stealing his motorbike from an unlocked back porch. By 7 a.m., when Hilton's wife Michelle went to the backyard for a cigarette, the bike was gone — leaving nothing but tire tracks.

Hilton, who told deputies he believes Burns stole the motorbike to support his prescription drug habit, reclaimed his motorbike and called authorities. When Burns was arrested at his home at 7741 Tyson Drive, the deputy noted the place still smelled of gasoline.

Burns has been charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and is being held at Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail. He has previously pleaded no contest to charges of domestic battery and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

Port Richey man followed tire tracks to find stolen bike 07/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:22pm]
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