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    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.






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    Bravo man...

    Its a crying shame that when you finally get your nice bike set up you have to carry 40 pounds of lock and chain...

    And then still say a prayer when you leave it behind...

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    Way to go. I like the 'subdued' part lol. That's the same cable I use to secure my bike to the roof rack--ugh. I thought it'd be enough as the rack itself isn't that beefy. Cutting through a cable is pretty easy with the right tools per your post. I'll be looking into a beefy chain solution.
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    i hope you punched him in the throat.
    awesome job dude.
    Where did this happen? (where do you live?)
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    I hope you press charges for breaking your cable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
    Bravo man...
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    Its a crying shame that when you finally get your nice bike set up you have to carry 40 pounds of lock and chain...


    And then still say a prayer when you leave it behind...

    40 pounds of chains… Just what I was trying to avoid. LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
    Way to go. I like the 'subdued' part lol. That's the same cable I use to secure my bike to the roof rack--ugh. I thought it'd be enough as the rack itself isn't that beefy. Cutting through a cable is pretty easy with the right tools per your post. I'll be looking into a beefy chain solution.

    I figure, if someone wants the bike bad enough, there's not going to be much that you can do to stop them. The tool that he had on hand, was a simple pair of gardening sheers. Made me sick to the stomach when I saw the cutters.


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    i hope you punched him in the throat.
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    awesome job dude.
    Where did this happen? (where do you live?)

    Thanks boss.
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    Well done! Glad you caught the thief and saved 2 bikes. Wonder how often he'd pulled that stunt before getting nailed. Would love to know what happens to the POS.

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    Congratulations on the collar. Good work!

    Question. Based on the cost of the bike, or bikes in the case, does this theft count as a felony?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
    Congratulations on the collar. Good work!

    Question. Based on the cost of the bike, or bikes in the case, does this theft count as a felony?
    That's what I was wondering too. In Missouri it's (or at least it used to be) $1,500 purchase price.
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    Good deal. At the price of bikes to day he could be charged with grand theft.

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    Congrats for catching the thief!

    One of my high school buddies had caught a guy red-handed stealing the stereo out of his car. Chased him down and tackled him on the asphalt. Thief did a faceplant. I wonder if he learned anything that day...

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    Amazing job, well done! Not only did you get your bike, but the other guys bike too! As for thief, I really hope he gets charged!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyestick View Post
    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,
    Imagine the scene!

    So he got off the other stolen bike to steal yours? Wonder how he planned to take away two bikes together? Or was he giving up one bike for another, better one?

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    Im hoping yatta, yatta, yatta was slang for.........
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    Nice man. Although I'd hesitate to subdue him if there's no security around. Getting the other guy's bike is a [huge] icing on the cake as well.
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    this is why I walk in stores with my bikes.....good job mahn!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
    Congratulations on the collar. Good work!
    Quote Originally Posted by doctor j View Post


    Question. Based on the cost of the bike, or bikes in the case, does this theft count as a felony?



    Yes. This is some information that I was able to dig up.
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    The crime of theft in California law is defined as the unlawful taking of someone else's property.1 And when the property taken is

    • valued at more than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950), OR
    • a car or a firearm, OR
    • taken directly off of the person it belongs to (as in a mugging, for example),

    then the theft is considered the California crime of grand theft under Penal Code 487 PC.2
    Penalties
    In most cases, the offense of grand theft in California is a wobbler. This means that the prosecutor may choose to charge you with either misdemeanor or
    felony grand theft.3

    The maximum potential sentence for misdemeanor grand theft is up to one (1) year in county jail.
    For felony grand theft, you may be sentenced to sixteen (16) months, two (2) years, or three (3) years of incarceration.4
    Quote Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
    Congrats for catching the thief!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post


    One of my high school buddies had caught a guy red-handed stealing the stereo out of his car. Chased him down and tackled him on the asphalt. Thief did a faceplant. I wonder if he learned anything that day...



    Thank chief.


    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    Imagine the scene!
    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post


    So he got off the other stolen bike to steal yours? Wonder how he planned to take away two bikes together? Or was he giving up one bike for another, better one?



    Yeah, what a scene! I don't think he planned on taking the two bikes... I think he ditched the older, more beat-up bike for the likes of mine. He certainly wasn't walking back to get the other bike when I say him with mine.


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    yatta, yatta, yatta was slang for.........



    LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by rolliepollie View Post
    Nice man. Although I'd hesitate to subdue him if there's no security around. Getting the other guy's bike is a [huge] icing on the cake as well.



    Security wasn't far behind because of the of gentleman they were taking a report for, and other patrons from the gym had seen the commotion and had came to help as well. The security offers and police offers where trying to get him to come out from the bushes, be the thief told them he would come out until I was away from the scene. I had already gotten my hands on him before everyone reached us.


    Mind you, I'm a decent sized guy. 6'3, 220lbs... Fast on my feet though!






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    Nice work! Outstanding.

    I love the begging when thieves get caught. Hey, I worked hard for the money to buy what you're trying to steal. I'm going to nail you to the wall, as I see it.

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    If he didn't want to go to jail, perhaps, he shouldn't have been stealing other's property.

    I'm just imagining the scene, "No man! I'm not coming out of the bushs until you take away the big scary dude who beat my ass for stealing his bike."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyestick View Post
    I don't think he planned on taking the two bikes... I think he ditched the older, more beat-up bike for the likes of mine. He certainly wasn't walking back to get the other bike when I say him with mine.
    Now if he gets back at it after being released, he'll have learned a "don't be too greedy" lesson: just ride away on the beat-up bike and he'd be safe.

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    ...I'd hesitate to subdue him if there's no security around...
    True, but on the other hand...(summoning my best internet bravado here)...no security = more time to "subdue" the thief.

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    subdued with extreme prejudice ....grin ....nice job

    here is some theft proof chain for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
    True, but on the other hand...(summoning my best internet bravado here)...no security = more time to "subdue" the thief.



    Quote Originally Posted by muzpuf View Post
    subdued with extreme prejudice ....grin ....nice job

    here is some theft proof chain for you
    images3O4L2A1E.jpg
    At that size, I'll only need one link. LOL

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    I hope you subdued him with "extreme prejudice".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyestick View Post
    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.





    Good for you. I hope his jail time includes some rehab at the emergency room....

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