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    Grand Theft Bicycle in Chico, California!

    The biggest crime wave ever recorded in Chico, was reported last week on Saturday night, as the Chico police department finally ended the serial bicycle thefts frequently occuring at apartment complexes, places of employment, college campuses, and private homes, all within the city of Chico, in California.

    Late Saturday night during the week of February 12th, a private home dweller suspected that he heard noises emanating from his garage. When he confronted the burglar, the thief fled on foot. He was caught moments later with five high-end bicycles inside of his truck.

    It was later determined that the thief had within his possession over thirty high-end bicycles held at a nearby Chico storage unit. The average cost of each bicycle was over four thousand dollars. It has been estimated that this thief has stolen well over $125,000 worth of Chico area bicycles, within the past year.

    The thief, also known as Michael Eosefow, of Chico Canyon Rd., of Chico, California, has been arrested and charged with an assortment of felonious charges, including burglary and grand theft.

    Hopefully the cycling community of Chico can breathe a sigh of relief now, due to the capture of this nefarious serial bicycle thief!

    - Slim

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    Chico is known for being a very bicycle-friendly kind of town. Bicyclists are always welcome in Chico!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    The biggest crime wave ever recorded in Chico, was reported last week on Saturday night, as the Chico police department finally ended the serial bicycle thefts .........(snip!)

    PS.

    Chico is known for being a very bicycle-friendly kind of town. Bicyclists are always welcome in Chico!
    Nice! I love a happy ending!


    Mmmmmmm .... obviously if you visit they would prefer if you brought your own bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scroca View Post
    Good.
    You're darned right, it's good!

    It will be even better if and when they throw the book at this scoundrel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burton View Post
    Nice! I love a happy ending!


    Mmmmmmm .... obviously if you visit they would prefer if you brought your own bike!
    It'll be even a much happier ending, if they were to hang this monster! Better yet, he should be either summarily shot or decapitated!

    Off with his head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    It'll be even a much happier ending, if they were to hang this monster! Better yet, he should be either summarily shot or decapitated!

    Off with his head!
    LOL The French Revolution had its good side - it eliminated the need to pay a lot of government officials an inflated pension!

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    Too quick and humane, how about force him to ride a $100 full suspension Walgoose for the rest of his life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsdavis View Post
    Too quick and humane, how about force him to ride a $100 full suspension Walgoose for the rest of his life?
    Force him to try to make a living by fencing WallyWorld BSO's? His standard of living would go way down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Force him to try to make a living by fencing WallyWorld BSO's? His standard of living would go way down.
    However, it would be better doing that, than serving prison time, because of stealing from innocent people.

    His current standard of living, is NO standard of living...

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    I remember when I was starting at California State University to go to Grad school (where I got an MBA that I can not sell; but, that is a different story). I was registering a rather nice Specialized and the campus police office told me:

    "I really shouldn't say this; but you should ride a different bike to school. Do you have anything older. . . a bit more appropriate to a college campus?"

    I took the hint and rode my Schwinn Le-Tour instead. On the upside, the campus offered a great price on a Kyptonite Lock and cable combo. The picture looks like the one they offered, it was about $17 with proof of campus bicycle registration:
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    I used it whenever I parked on campus and on weekends I just took my bike into the Grad student lounge. The result was that I never had my bike stolen on campus.

    My biggest gripe was that bicycle usage was forbidden on campus. Even on campus roads where limited driving was permitted, bicycles had to be walked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
    I remember when I was starting at California State University to go to Grad school (where I got an MBA that I can not sell; but, that is a different story). I was registering a rather nice Specialized and the campus police office told me:

    "I really shouldn't say this; but you should ride a different bike to school. Do you have anything older. . . a bit more appropriate to a college campus?"

    I took the hint and rode my Schwinn Le-Tour instead. On the upside, the campus offered a great price on a Kyptonite Lock and cable combo. The picture looks like the one they offered, it was about $17 with proof of campus bicycle registration:
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    I used it whenever I parked on campus and on weekends I just took my bike into the Grad student lounge. The result was that I never had my bike stolen on campus.

    My biggest gripe was that bicycle usage was forbidden on campus. Even on campus roads where limited driving was permitted, bicycles had to be walked.
    Nice story, Rob!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Force him to try to make a living by fencing WallyWorld BSO's? His standard of living would go way down.
    What do you mean by fencing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsdavis View Post
    What do you mean by fencing?
    I think he means selling Walmart bikes on the blackmarket, as opposed to high-end road bikes.

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    Do you know if they found a Santa Fe Huffy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    I think he means selling Walmart bikes on the blackmarket, as opposed to high-end road bikes.
    That's still stealing and may lead to people buying more BSOs. If their $100 Walgoose gets stolen, it will likely only discourage their purchase of a higher end bike even if it's a bottom end LBS bike.

    Also a lot of people use BSOs to get around here be it homeless or otherwise. The bike to work event last year netted a lot of people riding BSOs into work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaShawn View Post
    Do you know if they found a Santa Fe Huffy?
    I dunno. This guy was really into the high-end stuff. I rather doubt that the Huffy would be of any real interest to this thief. Then again, who knows the mind of a thief?

    Check with the Sheriff's department of Chico, just in case.

    - Slim
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsdavis View Post
    That's still stealing and may lead to people buying more BSOs. If their $100 Walgoose gets stolen, it will likely only discourage their purchase of a higher end bike even if it's a bottom end LBS bike.

    Also a lot of people use BSOs to get around here be it homeless or otherwise. The bike to work event last year netted a lot of people riding BSOs into work.
    Yeah, but I'm pretty sure that JannMM made that statement, in sort of a tongue-in-cheek manner, jokingly.

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    Glad to know that police have stopped one of these sobs someplace.

    I can't stand people ripping off bikes.

    I caught a group of kids in the act back in the fall on two occasions and grabbed video with my phone.
    One time they were stealing a neighbors bike (well trying to) I yelled and they jumped in a truck that had a bunch of bikes in it and took off. And a few days layer on a late night ride I caught a glimpses of a truck in an alley that looked like the same guys. I turned my video recording on and filmed them throwing broken bike parts out and a nice pair of bikes into there truck then when they got in I hid and recorded them passing and got the plate number.
    I called the cops showed them the video and they caught the pukes within a day. Didn't hurt that their prints were all over the parts they ditched.

    Now if I could find the POS that stole my old giant is be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitefiretiger View Post
    Glad to know that police have stopped one of these sobs someplace.

    I can't stand people ripping off bikes.

    I caught a group of kids in the act back in the fall on two occasions and grabbed video with my phone.
    One time they were stealing a neighbors bike (well trying to) I yelled and they jumped in a truck that had a bunch of bikes in it and took off. And a few days layer on a late night ride I caught a glimpses of a truck in an alley that looked like the same guys. I turned my video recording on and filmed them throwing broken bike parts out and a nice pair of bikes into there truck then when they got in I hid and recorded them passing and got the plate number.
    I called the cops showed them the video and they caught the pukes within a day. Didn't hurt that their prints were all over the parts they ditched.

    Now if I could find the POS that stole my old giant is be happy.
    I hope you do get your ole Giant back, Tiger.

    You know most people never see their beloved bikes ever again. I know I've never had any of my bikes recovered before. It's just a damned shame!

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    Hey IndianaShawn, I was trolling...er looking at ebay the other day and saw someone selling a huffy santa fe. Might still be up...
    As for the Chico bike thief, its great that the cops actually investigated and even better that he was caught. I hope they do the right thing and actually sent him to jail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QStorm View Post
    Hey IndianaShawn, I was trolling...er looking at ebay the other day and saw someone selling a huffy santa fe. Might still be up...
    As for the Chico bike thief, its great that the cops actually investigated and even better that he was caught. I hope they do the right thing and actually sent him to jail.
    +1 ^ Yep! ^ Ditto!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    I hope you do get your ole Giant back, Tiger.

    You know most people never see their beloved bikes ever again. I know I've never had any of my bikes recovered before. It's just a damned shame!
    I know its gone but would like to know who took it. That was the start of my major theft paranoia and having to replace random parts that are ripe off. I now have a bike I use for going places I don't trust like downtown.

    Here's a good one for you... Some guys moved out just down the block a bit back. The maintenance guys were bringing out stuff and putting it by the trash. I saw bike parts and went for a look. Some of the parts were ones stolen from my bikes and even the fork from my neighbor gals bike that went missing. I took all the parts after talking to the clean up crew but was still shocked to know my neighbors stole my parts.
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    There's just something to be said for a cruiser that can play like a mountain bike or run with the pack of ss/fg road bikes or be a good commuter or be a utility bike and pull a trailer or just cruise around like theres no care but the joy of a leisure ride.

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    Good stuff. I now wonder if these bikes will be reunited with their owners or just sold on police auction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitefiretiger View Post
    I know its gone but would like to know who took it. That was the start of my major theft paranoia and having to replace random parts that are ripe off. I now have a bike I use for going places I don't trust like downtown.

    Here's a good one for you... Some guys moved out just down the block a bit back. The maintenance guys were bringing out stuff and putting it by the trash. I saw bike parts and went for a look. Some of the parts were ones stolen from my bikes and even the fork from my neighbor gals bike that went missing. I took all the parts after talking to the clean up crew but was still shocked to know my neighbors stole my parts.
    Heck! That's nothing! As much as you think you can't stand certain strangers, you stand a much greater chance of getting killed or permanently maimed by a neighbor, friend, or relative!

    That's truly a statistical fact, right there!

    It's really something how the people closest to us are usually the ones that can deliver the most pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    The biggest crime wave ever recorded in Chico, was reported last week on Saturday night, as the Chico police department finally ended the serial bicycle thefts frequently occuring at apartment complexes, places of employment, college campuses, and private homes, all within the city of Chico, in California.

    Late Saturday night during the week of February 12th, a private home dweller suspected that he heard noises emanating from his garage. When he confronted the burglar, the thief fled on foot. He was caught moments later with five high-end bicycles inside of his truck.

    It was later determined that the thief had within his possession over thirty high-end bicycles held at a nearby Chico storage unit. The average cost of each bicycle was over four thousand dollars. It has been estimated that this thief has stolen well over $125,000 worth of Chico area bicycles, within the past year.

    The thief, also known as Michael Eosefow, of Chico Canyon Rd., of Chico, California, has been arrested and charged with an assortment of felonious charges, including burglary and grand theft.

    Hopefully the cycling community of Chico can breathe a sigh of relief now, due to the capture of this nefarious serial bicycle thief!

    - Slim

    PS.

    Chico is known for being a very bicycle-friendly kind of town. Bicyclists are always welcome in Chico!
    IMO, if you hear noises in your garage, first, you grab a ***, if you have one or a baseball bat. The *** is preferable. Second, you call 911. Then you go and check about the noises. No way under the sun would I went to investigate unarmed, unless I was a MMA class fighter!!

    Just my opinion.
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