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    20 bikes stolen from my building in Arlington, VA

    We had about 20 bikes stolen from my building a few days ago.
    Taken from the bicycle storage units.
    Apparently someone was riding them out of the building.
    Seems to be primarily medium quality bikes, i.e. $100-400 taken.
    Is there a ring where someone unloads that many off around here or do they ship them out of town somewhere?
    I looked on Ebay and Craigslist with no sign of my bike.

    I'm also finding reporting mine with the Arlington police is a major set of hoops to leap through- say they'll get back within 5 days to take a report. Is it better to just flag down a cop than to wait on them to

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    Tell them that it was Lance's bike.

    I feel your pain. I'm in the rental car business and I have a hard time getting the local police to take a stolen car serious anymore.

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    I had a bike stolen in Arlington so I understand your frustration dealing with the police.

    On the other hand, Arlington police are extremely busy. The county is very wealthy while also having a high percentage of non-English speaking population and illegal immigrants. They deal with gangs, drugs, and petty theft while also unreasonable demands of weathly residents who expect immediate attention.

    You mentioned the bikes are in the $100-$400 value range. All 20 together is the same as an old car. The police have to apply priorities so getting back to you in 5 days seems reasonable considering their workload. Besides they told me the chance of recovering a stolen bike is almost zero.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
    I had a bike stolen in Arlington so I understand your frustration dealing with the police.

    On the other hand, Arlington police are extremely busy. The county is very wealthy while also having a high percentage of non-English speaking population and illegal immigrants. They deal with gangs, drugs, and petty theft while also unreasonable demands of weathly residents who expect immediate attention.

    You mentioned the bikes are in the $100-$400 value range. All 20 together is the same as an old car. The police have to apply priorities so getting back to you in 5 days seems reasonable considering their workload. Besides they told me the chance of recovering a stolen bike is almost zero.
    Yeah, I was expecting probably 5-15% chance of recover. I had one stolen at a Wendy's in Alexandria in 2005 never got that back. Even more bizzare than this one. The one stolen in 05 was a 650C tri-bike, but due a flat rear on that coupled with a broken chainstay on a recumbent, I had pulled the 20 inch rear of the recumbent and put it on the 650C. Had replaced the tube the night before theft on the rear wheel at work-but didn't have the tools at work to remove the Sachs 3x7 from the recumbent. Thought I'd swap the wheel out when I got to work. The local bike shops all remembered seeing my bike when I had ridden that weekend, and the witness who saw the thief take the bike noticed only because of the bizarre rear wheel configuration.

    This one stolen was an old Peugeot that I sacrificed weight for reliability with 48 spoke Suzue tandem wheels, drum rear brake, thorn resistant tubes plus tire liners on 27x 1 1/4 tires, and went to heavy Schwinn Varisity steel handlebars to replace the lightweight French aluminum bars that had snapped. Had added over 10 lbs to the bike thus far, Was going to go further in the future by adding rear suspension via a Shockster and front suspension with a Ruby-which would have raised this 28 lb Peugeot to a 55 lb tank.

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