I think Izzy only had the steering column locked. Someone picked it up and put it in a truck.
It seems like in Michigan, people steal mopeds to ride around the city.. freshly stolen
In Maine, I assume that any stolen 50cc bike gets brought to a camp, surrounded by dirt roads, where no plates are needed. Maine has small cities, so it would be really dumb to steal a bike and ride it in the town it was stolen from.
Nobody on a dirt road will care that your fork lock is drilled out and you've hotwired the starter. Worse... you know whoever stole your vehicle and brought it to the campground did so, with the primary intention of letting their kids or themselves abuse it right into the scrap pile.
That's Maine. In Michigan, it seems like you just need to hang around the Qwik-E-Mart until the goon on your moped pulls up. Or maybe it just SEEMS that way, cause you guys are so darn good at getting the bikes back.
Good luck. A lesson that no key in the ignition with Forks locked isn't enough. Chained to an immovable object with elevator cable.... and your moped mght still be there in the morning, although it may have been beaten up by the kids who couldn't steal it.