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Old 07-27-07, 07:06 AM   #1
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Purchased a stolen bike last night.

Ugh. Sucks too. Rather turns my stomach. Before I go on, I’ll just say that I bought it in order to turn into the police.

I’m well known in my neighborhood for riding all sorts of bikes year round – (road/mtb – – actually they call me crazy when I come in from a fresh 8” snowfall covered in the stuff, hehe) for quite a few years – and when my mtb was stolen – I was, needless to say, a fa-reaking banshee – especially when I found out the bike was being ridden within a block of where it was stolen, a block from my house, a block from my hangout bar (update – the group of thieves that I saw most likely with my bike with full lights on and ridden by what looked like the “gang” leader in the middle of the group is now riding a better mtb bike – nice carbon Cannondale full suspension/front/back disc brakes, etc – can I swear here? @#$$!#%%. – no way they purchased that – so mine must be either trashed/restolen/resold).

So anyway yesterday - Tuesday, I ran into an acquaintance as I rode past a local business who jumped out to announce ... they were going to call me as they had a bike!, that they FOUND, and thought of ME (these people know that I had a bike stolen and have a reward out – but I knew deep down that this was NOT my bike). Eh? So I stop and they bring it out so I can see it, and I look at it with great grievance. Not my bike. My acquaintance says they found the bike behind a bar, most likely ridden by So and So the “Crackhead” and do I want it – to BUY it. (what the hell is the mentality of knowing I’m missing a certain bike and that I would want to purchase another obviously stolen bike???).

Ugh. I stalled, and said “awwww come on here – you KNOW I just had one of my bikes stolen, this is NOT mine! You know how I feel about this kind of stuff! – why would I want to buy a stolen bike?????” This person said – oh no – it’s not stolen! I found it. It’s not stolen.

Right. Thought about it a second and said, let me think on it. This person called me yesterday to assure me that the bike was not stolen – that they talked with the “crackhead” who left it behind the building because he took it from his ex-girlfriend because she owed him money – which actually means my acquaintance was getting this bike as collateral on some debt owed...

Great.

I work at a local 2-year college where my department has direct contact with the criminal justice unit, plus I ride with some of the off-duty police officers on charity rides, etc – so I told a retired detective my quandary – what do I do? It’s a definitely new girl’s hybrid bike – most likely out of K-Mart or something – probably $120 at the most (back brakes not worn at all – not a freaking mark the frame at all – brand new bike and is most likely stolen from a 1 mile radius from where I live) ... and stated that I’m buying it and turning it in – So how do I do it? Received a local authority name and number to call – my job for today or Saturday when I have more time.

So that’s what I’m doing. Spent $25 on the bike (my acquaintance wanted more – phooey on that!) and now have a stolen bike in my garage. Turning it in to the police with the stipulation that if no one picks it up (I really hope they do), then the authorities are to contact me so I get it back so I can turn it over to one of the two charities that my Club deals with that refurbishes bicycles and gives them to needy families. And my acquaintance will remain unknown to the authorities because I know they are more or less the 2nd or 5th parties in “ownership” in this bike. Yep, they’re of the stupid sort, which is why I term them “acquaintances”.

But really what stinks is the mentality of this whole thing – this acquaintance did not understand the utter wrongness to this transaction at all. You find it, it’s yours. “WHY”, they ask me, “are you buying this and turning it in???? – It’s now YOURS!!!” So, soooo sad! How the hell would you feel if a kid ran out in the street as you’re riding by and screams “Dad! That’s my bicycle!!!”.

And I can’t tell you how I feel about this bike. Yeah I know it’s a no-name bike, but it still sucks to lose something – to have something you really like taken from you. It’s a pretty little teal colored bike that is clean – somebody cleaned it and I don’t think the thief did it. A family purchased this bicycle for their daughter and it was stolen. Plus – it’s just something about bicycles - I know all my bikes, all the parts I’ve replaced, rebuilt, broke, saved for, spent money I should have spent in other places, lovingly cleaned and just plain freaking admired, etc. I like my bikes. And my stolen bike just sucks. Like an open wound. It should be downstairs in the basement with the rest of them and not out beaten to death by someone who doesn’t give a sheoit about it.

<sigh> So I hope some girl gets her bike back. $25 I didn’t really have to spend, but was well worth it ---- I hope!
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Thanks for rewarding the perps.
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Old 07-27-07, 07:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for rewarding the perps.

Nah, if you read thru it, it was not purchased from the people who stole it. And if I didn't try to right a wrong, then it would be sold to someone else who wouldn't have tried to find the original owner.
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Some people just have a false sense of entitlement. Someone just left this here, it belongs to me now. My life's been $hit, the world owes me. etc.

Good for you for being honest and turning it in. Hopefully the rightful owners can get it back.
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Old 07-27-07, 07:47 AM   #5
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Good for you! I'd not be "acquainted" with certain "acquaintances" any more, though.


I had a similar experience as what you were "fearing" as a kid. A neighbor teenager came by with a nice "dirt bike" (remember when they called them that?) that he sold to my dad for $5. My dad knew it was hot as a lava rock. He figured it would never make it back to owner anyway (yeah....dad wasn't always Mr. Morality), but just to be sure he went up to store and bought can of spray paint to change the color.

Anyway...the next day I'm about a mile from home riding the bike when a friend of mine comes running over to me, "Hey....that's my bike. It was stolen yesterday". I felt bad riding it at all, knowing it was stolen. I stopped there, gave him back his bike and walked home. I didn't rat out the teenager who stole it though.......my only regret.
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Old 07-27-07, 07:48 AM   #6
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Major props, Tude- you did the right thing. What BIMT said- you'll be rewarded for this, maybe not in a way you expect, but in a good way nonetheless.

Funny- there's a thread in the 50+ forum about Rochester- have you seen it?
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Old 07-27-07, 08:24 AM   #7
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Yeah, having a bike stolen sucks. You know whats worse? Having two bikes stolen. At the same time. From your garage, while you sleep. Happened to me on the 17th. My 2001 Kona Roast mtn bike and my Norco Monterrey fixed gear conversion. I have full replacement value in my homeowners insurance policy. They cut me a cheque, I picked up a 2007 Kona Paddywagon to replace the fix and a 2007 Kona Stuff to replace the Roast. Sure, new bikes are nice, but I miss my old ones.

I can't tell you how many times I went bombing single track on the Roast with my pals, dropping 3-4 foot high concrete structures downtown in the middle of the night with my pals and many other memories with that bike. Building the fixed gear I learned soo much and it quickly turned into my main bike. I had both bikes for over five years!

Bottom line, bike theives should burn in hell. You ought to turn in this "aquaintance" of yours. Good karma on trying to return the bike, though.

Also, it sucks knowing that someone was watching me. I'd like to find out who it is. It is an invasion of my and my family's privacy and I worry about our safety.

****ers. I really like my neighbourhood, too. I thought it was safe.
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Old 07-27-07, 08:30 AM   #8
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Gurgus, chain lock the bikes even in the garage, garage door locks are easily broken and if the garage is attached to the house, it's a weak point for house entry too!
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Yeah, having a bike stolen sucks. You know whats worse? Having two bikes stolen. At the same time. From your garage, while you sleep. Happened to me on the 17th. My 2001 Kona Roast mtn bike and my Norco Monterrey fixed gear conversion. I have full replacement value in my homeowners insurance policy. They cut me a cheque, I picked up a 2007 Kona Paddywagon to replace the fix and a 2007 Kona Stuff to replace the Roast. Sure, new bikes are nice, but I miss my old ones.

I can't tell you how many times I went bombing single track on the Roast with my pals, dropping 3-4 foot high concrete structures downtown in the middle of the night with my pals and many other memories with that bike. Building the fixed gear I learned soo much and it quickly turned into my main bike. I had both bikes for over five years!

Bottom line, bike theives should burn in hell. You ought to turn in this "aquaintance" of yours. Good karma on trying to return the bike, though.

Also, it sucks knowing that someone was watching me. I'd like to find out who it is. It is an invasion of my and my family's privacy and I worry about our safety.

****ers. I really like my neighbourhood, too. I thought it was safe.
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Old 07-27-07, 08:35 AM   #9
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Gurgus, chain lock the bikes even in the garage, garage door locks are easily broken and if the garage is attached to the house, it's a weak point for house entry too!
Yeah, I forgot to mention that part. The mtn bike was chained up on the wall and the fix was locked in the work stand, locked to my work bench. I guess they really wanted my rides. The garage isn't attached to my house, it's more like a small(12x30foot) barn at the end of my driveway.

The ultimate affront would have been if they used my own both cutters to cut the locks, but the cutters were in my basement.
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Major props, Tude- you did the right thing. What BIMT said- you'll be rewarded for this, maybe not in a way you expect, but in a good way nonetheless.

Funny- there's a thread in the 50+ forum about Rochester- have you seen it?
hehe -- just went and read - boy I tell ya the way I write about the city sometimes - I have people saying no way would they come here
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First off, let me say I think you did a good thing. If the bike gets back to its original owner, even better.

However, this question is amusing:
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(what the hell is the mentality of knowing I’m missing a certain bike and that I would want to purchase another obviously stolen bike???)
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I guess he knew his customer, (you did buy the bike, after all).
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You have done a good deed, but if you feel ambitious, you could always put up some posters. Not exactly sure how you would phrase it, but that might help the origional owner.

Also, since you know some cops, have you asked if they use bait bikes? I have seen shows where the cops put out bikes and then pounce on the thieves who steal them.

Good luck.
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Congrats Tude!! I sorta know how you feel because my daughter had her bike stolen when she was in college in Boston.

No offense to anyone, but I like where I live...in the country.
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So thats why you were late for the tour... Now it all makes sense. Did you post it up on craigslist? If you say the Fuzz has it currently, it should dissuade any non-owners from trying to stop by the precinct and grabbing it.
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hehe -- just went and read - boy I tell ya the way I write about the city sometimes - I have people saying no way would they come here
well, you should move to Philly- then you'd really have something to write about...
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I think you did a wonderful thing. Blessings and good fortune to you for your act of kindness in turning that bike over tot he authorities!
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I think you did a wonderful thing. Blessings and good fortune to you for your act of kindness in turning that bike over tot he authorities!
+100. Tude, we all know what would have happened to that bike if you hadn't picked it up. We can't always have complete justice, but if the victim gets her bike back, it would be wonderful. If some commmunity organization gets a donated bike out of it, that's nice, too.
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...especially when I found out the bike was being ridden within a block of where it was stolen, a block from my house, a block from my hangout bar (update – the group of thieves that I saw most likely with my bike with full lights on and ridden by what looked like the “gang” leader in the middle of the group...
One of my greatest fears.

But good on yah for trying to get a girls bike back to her.
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So thats why you were late for the tour... Now it all makes sense. Did you post it up on craigslist? If you say the Fuzz has it currently, it should dissuade any non-owners from trying to stop by the precinct and grabbing it.
Yep, I got the call late - and then walked down to pick it up. Calling the cops tonite to pick it up.
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Good on you Tude. Many, many moons ago, I had 5 bikes stolen from me during the years when I was growing up in Rochester. It's about the worst place in the world for bicycle theft. Good luck with your classes at MCC. Hope the owner claims their bike, and that yours resurfaces soon.
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