Beloved Harley motorcycle vanishes from San Diego mall parking lot

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 21:09:17-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Harley-Davidson owner is hoping for leads after his motorcycle disappeared from a mall parking lot in Mission Valley.

Sebastian Rudi, who works at Westfield Mission Valley, was expecting to see his newly purchased 2002 Harley after his shift ended around 10 p.m. Saturday. Instead the bike that was parked in the underground lot, feet from the ramp into the mall, was gone.

"A little panic ... mixture of anger and pure disappointment," said Rudi.

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That may actually an understatement. The $6,000 bike he bought in April was his pride and joy.

"I spent my entire life wanting a Harley. Spent every cent to my name on a Harley. Everything that I had going for me was pretty much relying on that bike and now it's gone," said Rudi.

Gone and with few clues. He says the few cameras in the area don't face where his bike was parked. According to, it's the second vehicle theft since January.

At Fashion Valley mall, there have been 11 vehicle thefts in the immediate area since December. Rudi points out thieves must love one fact about the vehicles of many shoppers and workers.

"They know it's going to be there for awhile, throughout the day," said Rudi.

Rudi regrets not immediately installing all the security he planed, including wheel locks and a GPS locator. His insurance doesn't cover theft.

If you have any information on the case, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-580-8477.