Two New Orleans men have been sentenced to prison in an interstate motorcycle theft scheme that targeted Hall’s Motorsports, a Mobile dealership.
Tim Jackson and Jerrell Maxon were part of a New Orleans-based group called the East Side Wheelie Kings, according to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama. They targeted Gulf Coast companies such as the 2018 hacking at Hall’s Motorsports in Mobile.
“In early 2018 May 1st morning, Jackson, Maxon and several other individuals stole two trucks from a U-Haul location in Mobile,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “Surveillance video showed the thieves entering the U-Haul facility through a hole in the fence, starting the stolen trucks by breaking the key cylinders and ramming the trucks through the property gate. Sometime later that morning, the defendants and their co-conspirators drove into the front entrance of Hall’s Motorsports motorcycle shop in Mobile in stolen U-Haul trucks. The group stole several motorcycles and dirt bikes from the business and drove them back to New Orleans. Law enforcement later recovered some of the stolen bikes and stolen U-Haul trucks in Alabama and Louisiana.
Hall’s Motorsports and the U-Haul location suffered nearly $150,000 in damage, the report said.
Evidence used against the pair included location data from their phones, a stolen bicycle and recordings of prison phone calls, including one in which Maxon said he was “hitting businesses all over the South.”
Jackson, 27, and Maxon, 25, were sentenced to two years in federal prison. They were also ordered to pay $147,795 in restitution and serve three years of probation after their release.
Senior United States District Judge William H. Steele imposed the sentences. The investigation involved the Mobile Police Department, Louisiana State Police and the FBI’s New Orleans office; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bishop Ravenel and Justin Roller prosecuted the case.