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chased away a bike thief last night

Old 12-17-04, 02:11 PM
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chased away a bike thief last night

Was working late on campus, and started home after dark. I pass the same secluded bike rack every day- and now, between semesters - I have noticed (with much dismay) the expensive bikes all the spoiled kiddies leave behind during the holiday break.

Anyway, as I approach this spot, I notice a lurking figure at the racks. I think to myself, "well, I guess somebody cares about their bike after all", and then the figure moves to another bike on the same rack, fiddling about.

Now, my spider senses start tingling. I know this guy is up to no good- and on my turf, no less! I yell at him from about 50 yards away, speeding towards him with much haste (I might have even shook my fist in the air) He looks up, and bolts around the corner of the library, out of my sight, and jumps into the back of a small pickup truck! I ride past the bike rack and around the library as the truck speeds off and out of sight.

This morning I ride by the bike rack again, and notice a Specialized Stumpjumper minus the saddle and post. Oh well, I might have prevented a theft, but vandalism occurred. I can only hope that thief won't come back to that spot again (and maybe the spoiled kiddie will take his expensive toy home with him next holiday)
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Old 12-17-04, 02:43 PM
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Score one to the cyclist. Good job!
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Old 12-17-04, 02:51 PM
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What you did was a good thing even though you might have been taking a chance with your own welfare. Too bad none of the bike owners will know to thank you.
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I work at Duke here in "Good Ol' North Carolina" and this is one of the reasons that I keep my bike in my office.
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Old 12-17-04, 04:40 PM
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You probably don't have much to fear from the average bike thief. I came across someone breaking into a car while I was walking my dog. I didn't yell or go after him, just looked at him from like 50 yards away and then got out the cell phone and dialed 911, while he skulked off and tried to hide in the shadows across the street.
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Do the campus police (if you have one) know about that spot? You might want to inform them of the incident anyways.
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Old 12-17-04, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MERTON
pfft. don't care about rich kids bikes unless they're payin ya.
So much for good will toword men. Since some of those rich kids will rule America, some day, you should consider treating them nicely. If they had the same attitude about you and your soicioeconomic class, as you have towards them, you'd be a galley slave.
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Old 12-17-04, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by iceratt
you'd be a galley slave.
At least he'd have a suitable job.
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Originally Posted by peterm5365
You probably don't have much to fear from the average bike thief. I came across someone breaking into a car while I was walking my dog. I didn't yell or go after him, just looked at him from like 50 yards away and then got out the cell phone and dialed 911, while he skulked off and tried to hide in the shadows across the street.
peterm5365, you're probably right, but take it from someone who has grown up in the city, has driven a taxi cab, and worked as a security officer for about 13 years. I would never chase a thief by myself, unarmed or by myself without backup.Somejuveniles who shoplift carry sharp edgedweapons in their pockets, and many a store clerk have chased them out to the parking lot have been cut.
 

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