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    Stolen Bike

    Hello all... I am new here and in need of help. I posted this in my intro...

    Hi, I am Dave. I am 47 and I live in Eastern, PA. I have been riding almost two years and I am very much into riding as a lifestyle, my outlet, my passion, my freedom! I had posted an ad on Craigslist and got a reply to it directing me here - here is why:
    I bought the bike of my dreams in April 2013 and sadly, she is gone ... Stolen, that is

    I know where, when, why, how and even who - but I can't prove a thing. I am quite sure it has been relocated to Lancaster, PA - or somewhere in the area. Likely being kept in the dark and being neglected. BUT, I am hopeful that they may bring her to a shop to try to trade or sell, or maybe to be serviced. Please keep an eye out and email me directly at ItzMeDave1@aol.com if you think you may have seen it. I just want my bike back... I am sure you can relate. Lots of details below...

    Oh, please feel free to share this anywhere that you think it may be helpful. Thank you!

    http://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com....php?oid=23494

    Defy 002.jpgDefy 004.jpgDefy 005.jpgDefy 007.jpgDefy 008.jpg

    Date stolen: 12-15-2013
    Country: United States
    City/State/Zip: Quakertown PA, 18951

    Bike specs
    Year: 2013
    Brand: Giant
    Model: Defy Advanced 1
    Color: Black w/Red
    Size: Large
    Serial # GL2C706
    Stolen from: garage
    Neighborhood: West Rock Hill
    Proof of ownership? Yes, I have documented proof of my ownership of this stolen bike.

    Description Owner in Nazareth, PA - Stolen in Quakertown, PA - Suspected thief is from Quakertown but connected in Easton area as well as Lancaster, PA, New Hope and Phila PA. Wide Coverage Needed! Thank you!

    Detailed Description

    2013 Giant Defy Advanced 1
    Large, Black/Red frame
    Black bar tape, small mirror inserted in lower left handle bar
    White reflector on front, red reflector on seat post
    Black/Red Fiz-ik saddle
    Ssmall saddle bag from Curt's Cyclery
    One sided silver spd pedals
    Two Giant bottle cages; one black w/red, one white w/red
    Ridesense sensor in frame and Garmin sensor on rear wheel and a Garmin mount on the stem
    Had yellow bar light on front fork and red bar light on rear
    Black Bar-Mits on handlebars for cold weather riding

    All things described can be seen in the photo collage, the most recent shot is with the Bar-Mits in December 2013.
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    Do you have your frame's serial number? If not,check with the shop you bought it from to see if they have it on record.

    If you know the who/where,you should be able to get the police to act as long as you have proof(ser #) of ownership.

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    For sure watch e-bay, craigs list, and the local ads in the news paper.

    BTW a tip that I do and have seen others post. Hid a note or business card somewhere inside the frame. If recovered it proves ownership.

    Also sorry for your loss, I hope it is recovered. Check with your Ins agent. When I had a bike stolen from the back of our garage, my homeowners ins paid completely for a new one. And-------------I alway take pictures of my bikes and trike for proof of ownership to show both the ins company and the police.
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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    Do you have your frame's serial number? If not,check with the shop you bought it from to see if they have it on record.

    If you know the who/where,you should be able to get the police to act as long as you have proof(ser #) of ownership.
    Yes, I have the serial number and receipts and all that. The problem is it is a bit more complicated. It was at my girlfriend's house the last time left there as we rode together a lot. That day, we got into a fight and she did not allow me back into her house. She left that week for a two week vacation. Upon her return she 'was not ready' to settle things and she put me off for two weeks. I then went to the door with a police officer and she lied to him, saying "He already picked up his bike, I watched him leave with it." Aside from the bike she has my 12 string guitar, all of my winter riding clothes, all of my lights and about $400 worth of new clothing and other items I recently purchased. She has a house in Lancaster and I believe it is there. I've filed a complaint but I want it listed as stolen in case she brings it into a shop for sale or trade. Wasn't trying to get into all the details but maybe it's better.

    Thanks for you thoughtful comment and concern...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    For sure watch e-bay, craigs list, and the local ads in the news paper.

    BTW a tip that I do and have seen others post. Hid a note or business card somewhere inside the frame. If recovered it proves ownership.

    Also sorry for your loss, I hope it is recovered. Check with your Ins agent. When I had a bike stolen from the back of our garage, my homeowners ins paid completely for a new one. And-------------I alway take pictures of my bikes and trike for proof of ownership to show both the ins company and the police.

    Thanks... I have been watching both sites closely and posted ads on CL as well about it being stolen. As I replied to he other comment. It is my now ex girlfriend who has stolen it. I can't prove anything. She told police I picked it up, a lie. I would even write off the guitar and all the clothing and whatever just to have my bike back... although the value of the other items is about $1,000 above and beyond the bike. Whatever... I am not giving up.

    Thanks again

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