Go-kart theft leaves man $100K hotel stay in Bakersfield

Go-kart theft leaves man $100K hotel stay in Bakersfield »Play Video
Rosamond's Mike Manning is looking for his truck, tools and go-kart equipment, which was stolen over the weekend from the parking lot of a central Bakersfield hotel.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man spent the night at an upscale Bakersfield hotel only to wake up and find more than $100,000 in property stolen.

Rosamond's Mike Manning was returning in his 2005 F-450 box van from competing in Fresno's national go-kart races Friday night when he pulled over to catch some shut eye at the La Quinta off Highway 99 and Merle Haggard Boulevard. Manning said he had more than $75,000 in property locked in the back of his truck, so he purposely parked it underneath the hotel's security camera.

Manning said his two go carts and the seven engines that were in the back of the truck are worth well over $30,000 alone. He estimated all his Snap-on tools are valued at more than $30,000, as well.

Manning viewed the hotel's surveillance video, which he said shows his truck being stolen just before 4 a.m. Saturday. Unfortunately, Manning said the video never shows the suspect or suspects.

Manning has filed a report with the Bakersfield Police Department, which is investigating.

If you have any information helpful to fining Manning's stolen property, you are urged to call police at (661) 327-7111.