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Chopper Stolen In Houston Found In Philippines

MANILA, Phillipines ~ (Houston Chronicle/AP) ~ A custom motorcycle stolen from a Hollywood screenwriter in Houston has turned up in the Philippines.

The $80,000 custom-made chopper is the property of screenwriter Skip Woods and was stolen from the parking lot of his condominium in Houston. It was located on May 3rd in Cagayan de Oro City in the southern Philippines, said Jose Justo Yap, regional director for the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation. Woods, a collector of custom-made vehicles, wrote the screenplays for 'Swordfish', 'Hitman' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. His chopper was among 14 motorcycles, three all-terrain vehicles, two SUVs, a sports car, a shotgun and ammunition for assault rifles recovered by police in raids in Cagayan de Oro and nearby Bukidnon province, Misamis Oriental provincial Police Chief Graciano Mijares said.

Yap said the FBI had sought assistance in the recovery of Woods' motorcycle. An American private investigator representing Woods said the screenwriter was surprised that his motorcycle ended up halfway around the world. Woods was "really congratulatory. He is more than pleased," said the investigator, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is ongoing. Authorities are still looking for a Filipino man who was trying to sell the motorcycle online; he will face charges for smuggling asnd illegal firearms possession.

Photo credit: Frolian Gallardo/Asociated Press

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