Woman’s late husband’s motorcycle stolen before ride in his memory

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DENVER -- A motorcycle belonging to a woman's late husband was stolen Saturday morning, right before a memorial ride scheduled in his honor.

Melisa Hatcher had scheduled a memorial ride in honor of her late husband, Dale Hatcher, a veteran who died of pulmonary fibrosis one year ago.

She had planned to spread his ashes along Kenosha Pass during the ride.

Friends and supporters met up at McCoy's Restaurant at 4855 Federal Blvd, around 8 a.m. in preparation for the ride.

At 8:30 a.m., a man in a red hooded sweatshirt with white sneakers, caught on blurry surveillance tape from the restaurant and nearby Motel 6, stole Hatcher's deceased husband's custom motorcycle.

A man caught red-handed on camera stealing Melisa Hatcher's motorcycle.

A man caught red-handed on camera stealing Melisa Hatcher's motorcycle.

"She rides his bike -- his prized possession -- everywhere and had planned to ride it today," friend Cheryl Morrison said. "It was the only thing she had left of him other than his ashes."

Hatcher told FOX31 Denver that she didn't know how the suspect stole the motorcycle, since she carried the keys with her, and that he was gone within a minute.

"It's like my husband died all over again," Hatcher said.

Due to the motorcycle being stolen, Hatcher says she was unable to spread her husband's ashes.

The motorcycle is a custom 2004 Harley Davidson Softtail with license plate number 658QYT. It has custom wheels and a purple bicycle horn on the front, according to Morrison.

"I just want my bike back. That's my world. I ride with him every day I ride that bike," Hatcher said. "I just want it back."

Denver Police confirmed that they took a police report of the robbery and have not yet found the motorcycle. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the motorcycle is asked to contact Denver Police.

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