Caught a bike thief today...
Started out as a normal day... Biking to the gym to get my daily workout in. Locked my bike up, and headed into Walmart to pick up a few essentials. As I was leaving Walmart, (now walking to the gym next door) I pass a older gentleman who's talking with mall security. As I continue walking, I see a male get off a bike, and walk around the corner. I heard some rustling, and thought to myself, there's nothing to rustle unless someone was trying to steal my bike... I pick up my pace, and sure enough, the thief had cut the lock to my bike, and was walking away with it heading toward the parking lot. I yelled, (Hey! That guy is stealing my bike!)
At this point, he was only 20 or so feet from where I had my bike locked up, and he tried to run with the bike before dropping it. He took off running, and I took off after him. I chased him across the parking lot and caught him. He tried to cut through some bushes, and jump a fence. I pulled him off the fence, and... Let's just say that I subdued him until the police arrived.
He pleaded with me, please don't have me arrested, yatta, yatta, yatta...
Remember that older guy that I mentioned earlier whom I spotted talking with Mall security? The bike thief had stolen his bike, and and the older gentleman was filing a report. The thief got off his bike, to steal mine... I ended up saving the older guys bike, as well as mine.
The bike was locked with a cable lock, because the U-Lock I have, I usually leave at work to lock my bike there. I bought the cable thinking it would provide the somewhat of the U-Lock, in a more flexible form.
I will be buying another U-Lock. Maybe even something stronger.