GOODYEAR, AZ - A Buckeye police officer on his way home was in the right place at the right time to capture a thief stealing a motorcycle.
Goodyear Police report that on November 29, a Buckeye Police officer was in his neighborhood heading home when he saw an orange five-gallon bucket in the middle of the street near 175th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.
Inside the bucket were a power drill, laptop computer and other items.
He continued down the street and saw a motorcycle parked next to the community mailboxes and a man walking away. The officer approached the man, later identified as 22-year-old Luis Angel Regalado Duran, and asked him if he needed help with his motorcycle.
Duran allegedly told the officer, "I don't know what you’re talking about” and ran from him. As the officer chased Duran, he began tossing items from his pockets, including a handgun.
Duran became exhausted and stopped. A motorcycle key was found in his pocket. That key fit and powered up the motorcycle from in front of the mailboxes.
The registration showed the motorcycle belonged a person in the neighborhood. The victim identified the motorcycle, handgun and items found in the bucket.
Duran has been charged with burglary and vehicle theft.