Two men suspected of a burglary at the headquarters of Orange County Choppers (OCC) in Newburgh, NY have been arrested.
OCC is a custom motorcycle builder founded by Paul Teutul and his son Paul, Jr. in 1999. A television reality show about the company, American Chopper, debuted on the Discovery Channel in 2003. The very popular and influential show is now broadcast on TLC (formerly The Learning Channel) which is owned by Discovery Channel.
OCC moved into its current location on Crossroads Court off Route 17K in Newburgh in April, 2008. The company manufactures about 150 motorcycles a year. The cost of those bikes starts at about $32,000.
To date, more than 70 episodes of American Chopper have aired. Each episode centers around the emotional drama to which the Teutuls subject themselves and their employees. Most weeks, the OCC family and crew build a ridiculously expensive and sometimes ridiculous looking bike for a well heeled corporation or celebrity.
OCC has built bikes for Bill Murray, Billy Joel, and Jay Leno and corporations including Gillette, Flow Jet and Lugz.
The series has made OCC a brand name. In addition to bikes, the company sells “affinity products” like coffee mugs and tee shirts and a line of motorcycle parts including wheels. The company moved to its new, current location, to accommodate this part of its business.
A week ago, late at night, burglars entered the building and stole computers, phones and merchandise but no motorcycles. Last Friday, Newburgh police arrested Joshua Aldrich, 28, and Daryl Newkirk, 38, both of Newburgh and recovered $2,000 worth of allegedly stolen goods.
The men were charged with felony burglary and felony larceny. They were arraigned then incarcerated at the Orange County (NY) Jail. Bail was set at $25,000 each.