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Vancouver man pleads for return of rare, stolen Lambretta scooter

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The front of Wilson's Lambretta Scooter. The front of Wilson's Lambretta Scooter.
Wilson's 1974 Lambretta. Wilson's 1974 Lambretta.
Beau Wilson showing the spot his scooter was stolen from. Beau Wilson showing the spot his scooter was stolen from.
Wilson riding his Lambretta at PIR a few years ago. Wilson riding his Lambretta at PIR a few years ago.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man is pleading for whoever stole his vintage ’74 Lambretta motor scooter to bring it back.

“I go everywhere with it, it’s kind of been my baby,” Beau Wilson told Fox 12.  “The first time we got it running it was so exhilarating and exciting, going for a ride, like, ‘I did this with my two hands, got this thing running!’”

He bought the Servetta 150 Special six years, and has put a lot of work into fixing it up over the years.  A member of the Vancouver-based Skoot and Destroy Lambretta Club, he takes it to rallies, and has ridden it to the Oregon coast and Eugene.

He loves the bike so much it even inspired a tattoo on his arm.

“It’s a hobby, it’s a social life, it’s a lot of time, effort, money, blood, sweat and tears,” he said.  “It’s been my life’s love for the last 6 years.”

Wilson has had it parked in an outdoor spot at his apartment complex off Fourth Plain Blvd & Washington Street for five years without a problem – until Saturday.

He’d been out with a fellow club member, but returned home and the scooter was gone.

A neighbor told him he saw someone in a mid-90’s compact white pickup truck pull in, load up the scooter, and take off.

Unfortunately, that didn’t raise any red flags for the neighbor, as Wilson’s buddies regularly pick it up for various trips and repairs.

Wilson says whoever stole it loaded up the dual kickstand it was on, too, leaving scratch marks on the ground.

When he learned it had been stolen, he filed a police report and posted pictures of the Lambretta on Facebook, which have been shared more than 100 times.

He’s scouring the internet for any trace of his beloved scooter, but says so far he hadn’t had any luck.

He estimates it’s worth $3,000 - 4,000 dollars.

“I just want it back,” he explained.  “They’re really hard to find, you don’t see Lambretta’s riding down the street, you don’t see them on Craigslist, they’re not around anymore.  They quit making them in the 70’s and they don’t import them anymore, so they’re rare.  I just hope someone didn’t put it up on Craigslist and sell it for scrap metal.”

If you know where the scooter could be or have information on who may have taken it, call Vancouver Police.

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