FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Fort Bragg husband and wife are begging for the return of their stolen motorcycle.
"This bike is very significant to my husband" said the soldier's wife. "It just hurts me that somebody would take it, and it makes me feel insecure."
Tuesday night, thieves stole the 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle parked outside their apartment. The couple said the crooks also took a big part of their hearts.
"He had been working on getting the bike fixed up so he can make it a tribute to his mom who passed away from breast cancer," said the soldier's wife, who didn't want to be identified.
Fayetteville police warn that as the days get longer and warmer motorcycle thefts increase as well.
"It is imperative to try and secure your bike the best way you can," said Fayetteville Police Lt. Todd Joyce.
Joyce said motorcycles in apartment parking lots are often easy prey. They can be quickly loaded into vans or trucks in just seconds and hauled away. He said the market for stolen bikes is very lucrative.
"Folks take them to other locations. They chop them up and sell them for parts," said Joyce.
The Ft. Bragg couple said their motorcycle was one of three bikes stolen Tuesday night from inside a gated community.
According to the National Crime Insurance Bureau, North Carolina is one of the top five states in the nation for reported motorcycle thefts. Only California, Florida, and Texas have more thefts.
Locally, police urge owners to secure or store their motorcycles.
Meanwhile, a young army couple begs for their bike's return.
"To have that bike back would mean so much to me, because it is so significant to my husband," said the soldier's wife.
Anyone with information on the stolen motorcycle is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department.
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Fort Bragg couple hope for return of their beloved motorcycle