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CLEARWATER - Clearwater police have busted up an international chopshop ring, and it was the toes that gave it away.
The suspect tattooed the words "white trash" on his toes, and made the mistake of including his foot in a picture he posted when selling stolen bike parts on Ebay.
Clearwater resident Derrick Lumbard saw someone swipe his motorcycle when he walked outside his apartment building.
Derrick contacted the police and then did a little investigative work on his own.
Besides going to bike shows looking for his prized possession, he checked Ebay.
It was there he saw his bike being sold, piece by piece.
Included in one of the images was a foot, with the word "trash" tattooed across the toes.
He acted like an interested buyer and told the seller he was heading to Orlando for vacation and wanted to drive over and pick up the parts to save on shipping.
He got the seller's name and address, and Clearwater police moved in for the arrest.
Sgt. Dirk Curls of the Clearwater P.D. says, "In searching for suspects in this we came across this particular defendant now, and we saw that he had a tattoo on his toes stating "white trash." These correspond to the letters we saw on the photos."
Suspect Richard Costello and two others are now in the Pinellas county jail.
Derrick also got his bike back, although it was in pieces.
Authorities say parts from this chop shop have been shipped as far away as Belgium and the Netherlands.