FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -
To Calvin Teeple, his 1999 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic is more than just a motorcycle.
"She's been worked on over the years until she's very special,” Teeple said. “I've had her ten years next month. I've had ten motorcycles, but this is the only one I ever wrote a poem about."
So Teeple, 66, could not be more thrilled to be reunited with the motorcycle named “True Blue,” after someone stole it in February.
“I can't express how happy I am, how wonderful it is,” Teeple said.
Someone stole the motorcycle from a driveway in the 2400 block of Camp Lejeune Court in the Hope Mills area. Teeple and his new bride Marion had stopped to visit family on their way from Pennsylvania to their Florida honeymoon.
"To have it stolen was just devastating,” Marion said. “I don't know how we ended up driving to Florida because he was just so broken hearted."
Teeple said he figured “Blue” would be quickly taken apart and sold in pieces, or shipped far away to be resold.
"Outside of losing a family member, nothing could have been worse," Teeple said.
A boy taking a shortcut to a store found “Blue” still strapped to her trailer in the woods of Robeson County.
"When I got the news that day that it'd been recovered, still under the tarp, still in perfect condition, it was pretty awesome to hear," admitted Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office investigator Eric Ditmore.
Investigators are still figuring out who is responsible, but for now Teeple just wants to get “Blue” back on the road.
“When we get down there, she'll get shined up. We'll ride her first, and then she'll get shined up," he explained.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>