The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH A man who operated a chop shop that sold reconstructed motorcycles using parts from stolen Harley-Davidson bikes was sentenced to five years in prison.
David Gebert, 61, who ran Dee Gee Motors in Sarver with his wife, was also ordered to pay $460,090 in restitution on Wednesday. More than $300,000 has already been repaid.
U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose ordered Gebert to serve half his sentence after he completes two 10-year prison terms in South Dakota for a 2004 grand theft conviction. Authorities said he was caught stealing Harley-Davidsons in 2003 at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota's Black Hills.
According to prosecutors, Gebert and his wife, Linda Gebert, stole Harley-Davidson motorcycles at rallies in Florida, Georgia and South Dakota and brought them to two salvage shops they owned.
Investigators found 81 vehicles at his residence and business that were stolen or included stolen parts.
The Geberts would remove parts from the stolen motorcycles, then purchased frames from manufacturers and businesses that had taken them from wrecked bikes, prosecutors said. All the frames had legitimate vehicle identification numbers and the Geberts' reconstructed cycles were sold to people who believed the bikes were legitimate.
Linda Gebert was sentenced in April to 18 months in prison for her guilty pleas to operating the chop shop and money laundering.