SAN ANTONIO – Cameron Gutierrez has a sweet ride, and he doesn’t mind boasting about it.
“I put new tires from Harley Davidson on it, had a paint job totally redone. I’ve done all kinds of stuff to it,” he said.
Gutierrez said the motorcycle has been rebuilt with love, with thousands of dollars invested in it. It’s a 2001 Yamaha Roadstar, and he’s now been told federal agents want it back.
“They pulled me to the side and said that a government agent, he said Secret Service, I’m not sure, wanted to speak to me, wanted the bike back for evidence,” said Gutierrez.
Gutierrez said that word came two weeks ago from management at the United Road Towing’s vehicle auction lot off Growden Road, where he had bought the motorcycle for $2300 six months ago.
“I don’t want to even give the bike back; I built it for a show bike. I asked them to at least reimburse me for the money I put into it, but they said they wouldn’t do it.”
But who is “they?” Gutierrez says he’s been getting calls from someone claiming to be a federal agent.
KENS-5 contacted police, listed as the last owners of the bike. They say no warrant has been issued for its return, and that they don’t rely on the impound lot employees to represent them.
United Road Towing, which manages the auction, didn’t return our calls.
But it was from this same lot that an employee was arrested Wednesday for stealing another motorcycle, after police said he altered documents for auction vehicles.
As for Gutierrez, he’s got a clean title to the bike but remains leery of even using it.
He said, “I guess it’s kind of ‘buyer beware.’”