LINDEN, N.J. — A man who pretended to purchase a private owner's motorcycle left a dubious deposit when he took the wheels for a test drive.
The would-be buyer rode off on the bike after taking it for a test drive — leaving, as a security deposit, the keys to his car.
The car, however, turned out to be stolen, too, police said Saturday.
The motorcycle was described as a 2012 BMW S1000 with New Jersey plate number 2DPW1. The bike is valued at $13,500, police said.
The seller reported the theft Friday after the man did not return from his test spin.
The 29-year-old victim said the prospective buyer had identified himself as "Mark" and the two had been in contact over the phone before the visit.
Police said Mark's 2012 Ford Escape, which he left behind, was reported stolen Friday from East Orange.
The phone number that the resident had for Mark also was disconnected, police said.