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Old 11-30-16, 10:42 AM
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My bike was recovered!!

Hey guys, I just wanted to share some good and somber news. Early this year in April, my race bicycle was stolen.
I reported this directly to the police and filed the police report and provided proof of ownership of the bicycle. MAKE SURE YOU NOTE YOUR BICYCLE'S SERIAL NUMBER ON THE FRAME. I also posted on my local Facebook cycling groups in my city.

Earlier this month, the bike was up for sale on Offerup.com for $1000. A member of my Facebook group found the bike being sold from an account which was made in early April. The bike had all the same modifications and even the waterbottle with the LBS I frequent still in the cage.

I arranged to buy my bike back from the vendor (who said he was selling it for a friend), called the police, provided my proof of the bike, and had the police return my bicycle to me. The police man returned with my bicycle, and claimed they bought the bike for $50. I received my back back, my Garmin Edge 1000 was missing still, but the bike is back to me which is a good $3000 back in my pocket. I cancelled my Strava account incase they could use my GPS to find my (new) home.

If this ever happens to you, let the police hold the bike as evidence and let the thieves receive the felony. I didn't know this was an option at the time, but and I regret it. The thieves took me out my bicycle racing season and I would rather see them receive felony jail time or a fine vs look at my pretty returned bike sit on my winter trainer.

All said in done, I got my bike back. Thank god for Facebook groups. : )
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Old 11-30-16, 10:49 AM
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Good deal. Sadly this doesnt happen too often.
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Old 11-30-16, 11:21 AM
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Fantastic that you got the bike back. What a great outcome.
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Old 11-30-16, 12:19 PM
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Old 11-30-16, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Panza View Post
If this ever happens to you, let the police hold the bike as evidence and let the thieves receive the felony. I didn't know this was an option at the time, but and I regret it. The thieves took me out my bicycle racing season and I would rather see them receive felony jail time or a fine vs look at my pretty returned bike sit on my winter trainer.

They didn't arrest the guy?

That's difficult for me to understand.


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Old 11-30-16, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Panza View Post
If this ever happens to you, let the police hold the bike as evidence and let the thieves receive the felony. I didn't know this was an option at the time, but and I regret it. The thieves took me out my bicycle racing season and I would rather see them receive felony jail time or a fine vs look at my pretty returned bike sit on my winter trainer.
They didn't arrest the guy? That's difficult to understand.


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What a great outcome.
A thief walking free doesn't sound like a great outcome to me. I guarantee that this wasn't his first rodeo. He has probably done far worse.


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Old 11-30-16, 01:25 PM
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Fantastic news.

For what it's worth, I've registered my bikes with our local police department, and also with bikeindex.org. If your local police do have such a service it's well worth while as they'll have a description and serial numbers on file which should make it much easier to recover.
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Old 11-30-16, 01:54 PM
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Never mind

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Old 12-01-16, 04:12 PM
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I'm so happy for you!!
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Old 12-01-16, 11:38 PM
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blessed you are

I can't imagine having to deal with losing my bikes, even though they are actually considered cheap.

I do worry some and am very glad the real wrongdoer got caught, since many times they do not.
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Old 12-02-16, 08:49 AM
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There was good and there was bad, but hopefully we just get the big picture that a returned bike RARELY ever happens. : )
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Old 12-02-16, 03:22 PM
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Happy ending, but even better is to take out an extension to your household insurance policy that covers you for loss out and about. Mine covers up to $4000 per item, $8000 per event. Costs about $150 per year.
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Old 12-02-16, 04:43 PM
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I don't think we have all the facts here, something is not meshing.You said the police told you they "bought the bike back for $50.00" this sounds out of kilter to me. Any law enforcement officer encountering a stolen bicycle is going to be hauling someone in and finding out what is going on.

The person selling it for a friend has received stolen property and is part of disposing of stolen goods, they are part of the crime whether they know it or not. Usually these kind are going to flip on the person that had them selling the bike to hope they can cut a deal, unless they are lying and are the thief, then it gets fun.

No law enforcement officer is going to buy a bike back and let the guy go scott free. I hope you didn't pay someone $50.00 on that. More information is needed about the police actions first. My brother is a retired LEO, a lieutenant, it doesn't jive to him either. this episode would enable a thief to get away and have money in their pocket from the OP information. Strange.

I am glad you got the bike back, but I would be interested in knowing the complete recovery story.

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