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http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/269039p-230307c.html

Bravest chopped locks, bikes - DA

BY ALISON GENDAR,TONY SCLAFANI and SCOTT SHIFREL
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

He was a hero firefighter one day, an alleged perp the next.

Days after shaving his head in solidarity with a fellow firefighter who had lost his hair to cancer treatments, Eric Kohler was among 13 people charged yesterday in a major motorcycle theft ring in Queens.

And he even may have gotten a police officer buddy ensnared in the mess.

"He's a good fellow," said Kohler's lawyer, Eugene Levy. "And he's going to get exonerated." Kohler, 32, wearing a black sweat suit and still sporting a bald pate, was escorted to Queens Supreme Court in handcuffs and released on $150,000 bail. He was charged with being part of a gang that stole motorcycles, chopped them up and sold the parts online. More arrests were expected today in the nine-month probe.

The cop, who grew up with Kohler, was flagged after the firefighter and another suspect mentioned him on a wire tap, sources said. Kohler also allegedly called the cop to ask for advice about the investigation and the officer told him to get a lawyer, sources said.

Internal Affairs probers and Queens prosecutors are investigating the cop, whose weapon was taken yesterday. He is expected to be assigned to desk duty.

Police sources said he's not suspected of breaking the law, but could be subject to administrative action. The theft probe began after a Queens man went online looking for a motorcycle similar to one of his that had just been stolen. He found parts of his bike, including a gas tank with a distinctive scratch, and notified authorities.

A 92-count indictment alleges the gang stole more than 80 motorcycles and sold the parts on Web sites catering to dwarf car racing - where cars are about half the size of regular vehicles and are powered by motorcycle engines.

Kohler's arrest shocked fellow firefighters at Engine 295 in Whitestone, Queens, who buzzed their heads this week for colleague Daniel Martin, 26, after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I'm definitely surprised," Martin said last night. "I wouldn't think he would be into anything like that. He seemed like a very good firefighter."
 

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Wow, that is sad.

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Sad my @$$, good to hear they nailed the ring and shut it down. :flame:

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What I meant was sad that you can trust the law enforcer people to do the right thing.
 

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Layer's name was Eugene Levy? This Eugene Levy?


 

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Wow, that is sad.

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Sad my @$$, good to hear they nailed the ring and shut it down. :flame:

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What I meant was sad that you can trust the law enforcer people to do the right thing.

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Well, it *sounds* like the LEO was just guilty of having a scumbag friend, at least based on the limited info. I'm glad the NY police acted on a "familiar scratch". The cops in Florida didn't do squat about the parts I found on Ebay since they could not get a warrant without VIN# identification - even though the guy had dozens of auctions for parts going. :bird:
 

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Wonder if they found my 7r or my Rc51????????Fry the BAstards..... :808922-fiddy: Or better Yet, Leave me alone with them for a little while in a locked room and a soldering iron.....
Whats funny is the cop is being investigated but still has a job!!!!!If it was a normal joe, he would be locked up and not allowed to go to work.....Goto luv the system...Protect your own. /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif
 

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perhaps ill get nailed for this, but they didn't provide any evidence in the document. he was charged with something...so what...doesn't mean he did it.
 

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Well the LEO, is not suppose to answer questions about ongoing investigations...And the firefighter was asking the cop just that! Lets see, If you ask about a stolen bike and you werent the owner asking, I think a red flag would go up!!!!! Hey I could loose my job just for looking up a phone record. Burn them all :bird: And find my bikes !!!!
 

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perhaps ill get nailed for this, but they didn't provide any evidence in the document. he was charged with something...so what...doesn't mean he did it.

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What's your point? He'll have his day in court, at which time I'd presume that the relevant evidence will be provided. Might even be from wiretaps and online auctions! :crazy:
 
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