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Suspended sentence in motorcycle thefts

A Fort Wayne man admitted Thursday to playing a role in a motorcycle theft ring.

But, like his cohorts involved in the thefts, he will avoid prison time.

Jerrad Impton, 40, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to one count of counterfeiting. He was also given a three-year suspended prison sentence Thursday as part of a plea agreement with Allen County prosecutors.

Impton and others were initially charged with corrupt business influence last year. Fort Wayne Police had been investigating the possibility that stolen motorcycles were being moved through Kasper Auto Sales on Brooklyn Avenue.

The ringleader of the thefts and owner of Kasper, Todd Vonderau, was implicated along with Impton and several others.

The motorcycles were stolen and sold after being repainted and sometimes fitted with a vehicle identification number belonging to a different motorcycle. Documents such as fraudulent bills of sale were created through the auto lot to make it appear as though the motorcycles were legitimately bought, court records said.

Impton, who had more than a dozen stolen motorcycles stored in his home when police raided it, was the last to plead guilty.

All others involved have pleaded guilty through agreements that allowed them to avoid prison time. Instead, they serve time on probation or work release, some with hefty restitutions to pay.

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