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Old 08-17-12, 11:14 AM   #1
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Video: Bike Thief Gets Owned

Impressive sting on a bike thief.

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Old 08-17-12, 11:49 AM   #2
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Gotta wonder ultimately if there was enough evidence to prosecute, and if indeed he was prosecuted.
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While over all it had a happy ending I can see so much wrong here that I must say WOW... Not the way I would-have done it..
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So why wait to call the cops until you have already started talking to the guy?
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Great story. Glad it worked out for him. I won't go into details since this is a public forum. The guy is definitely guilty and was/will be rightfully prosecuted. What a low-life and low-life accomplice. Think I would have done it a little differently too. A lot of things could have gone wrong but a gutsy move nonetheless. Congrats, Simon!
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So why wait to call the cops until you have already started talking to the guy?
Probably because they'd tell you not to talk to him at all.

I've read a few accounts where the police were called beforehand, and they met with the guy themselves (undercover, of course) and just kept the owner nearby to confirm that the bike was the right bike.

Though my guess is that for every one of these stories, there's several more where the police didn't have the time or manpower available to do anything on a quick enough timescale. Not that such stories get written up and put on the Interwebs.
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So why wait to call the cops until you have already started talking to the guy?
Actually, the guys plan was to have his friends call the cops, he would go over and talk to the thief about the bike, friends would text as soon as cops show and owner would then video and try to get the guy to admit that he stole the bike. Pretty good plan, not sure where it broke down.
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Actually, the guys plan was to have his friends call the cops, he would go over and talk to the thief about the bike, friends would text as soon as cops show and owner would then video and try to get the guy to admit that he stole the bike. Pretty good plan, not sure where it broke down.

It broke down the minute he accused to guy of steeling the bike and saying the bike was actually his, thus the guy predictably denied it, lucky he chose to run, instead of maybe pulling a knife or gun out, or even start to throw punches...
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a stolen property case that crosses states lines... the perp (err, "suspect") should be facing federal charges.
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