A custom-built Honda motorcycle that was stolen from a disabled Iraq War veteran has been recovered. A man and a woman are facing charges.
Hillsborough County deputies returned the motorcycle to its rightful owner late Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately, it didn't look the same. Parts of the 2005 Honda 600 CBR had been stripped away and the rest painted black.
The owner, Paul Rivera, 27, said the bike was stolen sometime around June 12 while it was parked at the River View Apartments.
Rivera, who is a U.S. Army veteran and single father to a 2-year-old daughter, suffers from PTSD and an injury he received while on a peacekeeping mission.
One of those charged is Nathan Bowyer, 24. He's accused of grand theft, petit theft, dealing in stolen property, trafficking in stolen property and delivery of a controlled substance.
Deputies also arrested Cindy Dormany, 36. She's charged with armed trafficking in methamphetamine and four other drug-related charges.
The two were arrested on Thursday.
According to a sheriff's statement, the stolen motorcycle was spotted by a deputy who called for assistance. The driver was seen backing the motorcycle into a driveway at 9513 Six Mile Creek Road, according to the statement.
A perimeter was established and deputies moved in on the residence.
The arrests followed.
In addition to the motorcycle, drugs and guns were seized along with more than $20,000 in cash.
Paul Rivera was deployed twice to Iraq and bought the bike after he returned from his last mission in 2011.
He rebuilt the Honda CBR from the ground up over the past 2 1/2 years and modifying it, he said, has been a way for him to cope with his PTSD.
"It was my escape, I would find something to do to it," said Rivera. "The more I concentrate on something, the easier it is for me to coexist," he said.