Not sure if A&S is the right place, but I figure this discussion may fall under the Advocacy portion.
When (if ever) is it ok to take a bike that appears to be abandoned? I posted my opinion about this on my blog today, but I wanted to hear what others have to say.
Here's the story: Two teenagers are out at 1AM, and find a locked up bike with in a somewhat remote location. According to their description, it had flat tires and appeared to have been out there a while, and looked abused. Turns out that it belonged to a college student that went missing two days prior. And it was four days later that they saw a photo on the news and realized they had stolen a bike that belonged to the missing student. At this time, they turned it in.
They were not charged with the theft, even though they also unwittingly tampered with evidence. Obviously, it was not ok to take this bike. Is it ever ok to take an "abandoned" bike?