By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – A Tucson man had a Harley Davidson motorcycle in his possession stolen while he was in jail regarding an aggravated assault charge against a woman. The theft is allegedly drug related.
William Charles Coleman, 33, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail on Sunday, June 18, after a woman with a broken wrist said he pushed her, causing her to fall and injuring her wrist. The woman, Susan Renee Manley, 49, of Phoenix, was later found in possession of roughly 2.5 grams of methamphetamine.
On Tuesday, June 20, a Safford officer was dispatched to a residence near the intersection of 6th Avenue and 2nd Street regarding the theft of a 2001, Harley Davidson Dyna Glide.
The reporting party said she was warned to look out for Manley and a white, extended cab Chevrolet pickup truck returning to the area while Coleman was incarcerated. The informant witnessed the motorcycle attached to the truck by a rope with a long-haired man sitting on the motorcycle as it was being dragged away. The bike’s rear tire was locked, forcing it to skid.
The officer investigated the adjoining alley and locate drag marks in the dirt leading away from the residence and onto 6th Avenue.
The registered owner of the motorcycle, Coleman’s father, arrived at the scene and identified the bike as having a red gas tank, blue front fender and a primer gray rear fender.
He said he had seen the motorcycle parked at a residence in the 1500 block of Solomon Road and believed it had been stolen because his son had “the product”.
The motorcycle was listed as stolen by the officer and the case was turned over to Safford investigators.