Cape Coral police said an officer spotted a man -- later identified as Scott Ogden, 41 -- appearing to check the battery and headlight area of a motorcycle Saturday and approached the man to ask if everything was OK, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, Fla., reported Wednesday.
The man said he was helping a friend get the motorcycle running, but he was unable to give a name or address for the friend.
Police said the officer ran the motorcycle's information and discovered it had been reported stolen. The theft report said the vehicle lacked a battery and would not start without a key.
The suspect fled on foot, but left behind a backpack containing identifying information.
Ogden was located and arrested the following day. Police said he initially told them someone had offered to sell him the motorcycle for $500 and he suspected that it had been stolen, but he later allegedly admitted stealing the bike from the owner's garage.
Ogden was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and occupied burglary.