DECATUR, AL (WZDX) - A Marine's stolen dirt bike is returned thanks to a tip police received.
On Friday, we told you someone stole Johnathan Tucker's Yamaha bike from a secure, fenced-in area at Allsport Powersports in Decatur.
Now, the bike is back and ready for Tucker's return home next month from serving overseas.
"The tail end of the bike has been busted from a wreck," said Randy Tucker as he looked over his son's dirt bike. "It's got a lot of plastic missing here. As you can tell, the seat is broke. It's scratched all down the side."
Randy Tucker is seeing his son's dirt bike up-close for the first time since it was stolen a week ago.
"All the stickers have been pealed off. They spray painted the motorcycle in order to try to hide it so people wouldn't recognize it," said Tucker.
Tucker took the motorcycle to the repair shop for a tune-up to surprise his son Jonathan when he returns home in May. Jonathan Tucker has severed as a Marine for the last year and a half and is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
The theft was caught on camera so Tucker asked for our viewers help to find it.
"We had a tip by a veteran who saw the news," said Decatur Police Detective John Harris. "He said that he wanted to help out in the case."
The spray paint and damage didn't stop the viewer from providing the tip that led police to the dirt bike. Police say the viewer also served in Afghanistan and wanted to help out his fellow brother.
"I just thank him for that. I appreciate everything they do whenever they are serving and the fact they build those relationships and continue to fight for one another even once they get home," said Tucker.
Seven juveniles were arrested and charged with first degree theft. Now, the bike is back at Allsport for repairs.
"We've got to the middle of May to get the motorcycle all fixed up and back to normal so whenever my son gets home he will have it," said Tucker.
The tipster remains anonymous but Tucker hopes he claims the $500 reward because he deserves it.