July 21, 2024


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Man arrested in shooting while trying to recover stolen motorcycle

The side of a Phoenix police vehicle.

Phoenix police arrested a man who they said tried to recover his friend’s stolen motorcycle and shot a person who was driving it Tuesday in the area of Roosevelt and 9th streets.

Police identified the man arrested as Cole Lane Versteegh, 27. He told police the shooting was in self-defense, court records show.

The motorcycle was reported stolen Friday in Tempe and the registered owner asked for help tracking the motorcycle in Facebook posts, police said. The owner received a notification about it being seen in the area of Roosevelt Street and 9th Street on Tuesday and told friends, including Versteegh.

Court records state Versteegh said he confronted the man who had the motorcycle and told him to wait until the owner arrived. The man said he had bought the motorcycle from someone else and that it belonged to him now, according to Versteegh.