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