Gainesville man arrested for stealing neighbor’s dirt bike

An anonymous caller told officers there was a man pushing the bike in the dark early Thursday morning.
Published: Nov. 24, 2022 at 1:25 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A Gainesville man is behind bars after stealing his neighbor’s dirt bike.

Gainesville police officers arrested Jose Piriz-Santana, 24, early on Thursday morning.

An anonymous caller told officers there was a man pushing a motorcycle on NW 44th Ave in the dark.

Police went and saw Piriz-Santana at the intersection of NW 10th St and NW 44th Ave tampering with the bike’s ignition.

Officers ran the plate number and, when confronted, Piriz-Santana told them it was his neighbor’s bike.

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He also told police that he took the bike to go to the store and attempted to start the bike with a knife.

Piriz-Santana is charged with grand theft auto.

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