PA Hospital Ass’n. Alerts Harley Owners to

July 12, 2001

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has issued a warning to people selling their motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons, to beware of a potential buyer posing as a doctor.

The thief used the same ruse in two thefts, one in York, PA and one in Akron, Ohio. He answered “for sale” ads placed in newspapers, identified himself as a member of the local hospital staff, and arranged a meeting with the seller at the hospital. According to HAP “the owner handed his keys to the “green-scrubs-and-coat-clad impostor, who then took the motorcycle for a “test drive.”

The “doctor” never returned, and the HAP is particularly concerned that he took advantage of the high degree of trust people place in doctors and hospitals. They warned all motorcyclists, and especially Harley owners, “to beware of any potential buyer purporting to be a doctor and who asks that the seller meet him at the hospital.” If there’s any doubt the police should be contacted.

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