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Apr 13, 2001

Armed Gunmen Steal 2000 Tour Master Streetriding Jackets

Tour Master has asked the public's help in tracking down 2000 Tour Master Cortech Sport Jackets stolen at gunpoint from a trucking yard in Wilmington, California last weekend.<BR><BR>According to press release issued by the company and sent to Roadracing World, "armed gunmen broke into a guarded, Wilmington, California trucking storage yard and stole two overseas containers, one of which held 2000 Tour Master Cortech® Sport Jackets. The yard holds recently-arrived overseas shipments awaiting delivery to their final destinations, and is under 24-hour security. But the gunmen subdued the guard on duty and held him for three hours while they ransacked the yard's containers to find what they wanted. Police say the thieves have struck before, and for this reason a special task force has been established to investigate a series of similar commercial thefts.<BR><BR>"The stolen Tour Master Jackets are all identified by the I.D. #105569 located below the Care Instructions on the lower right-hand side of both the jacket liner and shell. Five colors of jackets are involved: Black, Black/Red, Black/Blue, Black/Silver, and Black Yellow, in sizes XS through XXL.<BR><BR>"Police ask that consumers or retail dealers coming in contact with any of the stolen jackets, or being approached by someone trying to sell them, should take no action other than noting the circumstances and contacting Task Force detectives immediately at one of the 24/7 pager numbers below. The thieves are considered armed and dangerous.<BR><BR>"Contact: Detective Mark Zavala: (213) 920-1832;<BR>Detective Dan Nee: (661) 290-7563; Sergeant Dave Owens: (213) 360-3106<BR><BR>"Trying to make the best of the situation, and with characteristic humor, Phil Bellomy, Vice President and Partner of Helmet House, Inc., the Calabasas Hills, California-based importer of the Tour Master line of motorcycle apparel, gloves, rainsuits, bags and luggage, said, 'We knew Tour Master's popularity was really growing, but I guess this definitely makes us the "hottest" jackets in the industry now.'"