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Old 07-09-15, 10:37 PM
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Strange e-mail from Chico Police Dept.

To my fellow brethren riders in NorCal. I received a weird e-mail today from a fellow in the Chico Police Department. (I've lived all of my 64 years in SoCal.) E-mail was sent to my personal e-mail address and with my first name as a salutation. A fellow in the Property Department said that they received a Kestrel and wanted to know if mine was stolen. He is looking for the owner.

Now, I have no idea how someone in Chico, a city that I have never visited, would know my name and the fact that I own a Kestrel, (I actually own two). I checked the phone number he left and it differs by just the last digit from the "contact us" web page information for the Property Department. So, I figure the e-mail was legit and not a phishing scam.

My Kestrels are safe. If you own a Kestrel that was stolen, PM me and I'll forward the police department contact information to you.
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Old 07-09-15, 10:45 PM
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Did you buy your bikes new, and register them with the factory? Perhaps with your E-Mail?

However, if you did, I would think the company would also know the serial number, and know that your bike wasn't the one that was recovered.

I presume a stash of bikes was recovered in Chicago and they are trying to return the bikes to the owners (or gather evidence to prosecute). I think I remember hearing about a huge stash of nice bikes being recovered in California about a year ago.
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Did you buy your bikes new, and register them with the factory? Perhaps with your E-Mail?

However, if you did, I would think the company would also know the serial number, and know that your bike wasn't the one that was recovered. ....
I'd guess the police called the factory... and read the Serial number incorrectly or it was heard incorrectly etc..
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Chico, not Chicago. Chico is in Northern California; that's why I posted here. Usually, stolen bikes don't travel hundreds of miles from where they were stolen.

Yes, I purchased my Kestrels 'brand new'. From that evil mail order place in Texas. Have no idea if they are registered with the factory. Maybe.
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I'd guess the police called the factory... and read the Serial number incorrectly or it was heard incorrectly etc..
They probably just somehow acquired a list of all bikes...
I'd hate to think what they would do with a Cannondale or Trek.

Or, you could be right, getting a digit off... sometimes it is hard to read the numbers.

I'm not sure how far stolen bikes travel with the original theft ring/fences. Getting them 100+ miles away greatly reduces the chances of recovery. Perhaps moving them a few thousand miles is risky on the road, but once at the destination, they are relatively safe if the S/N wasn't recorded.
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Or, you could be right, getting a digit off... sometimes it is hard to read the numbers.
Transposing numbers in a long number (like a SN) is common.
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If they sent you a S/N, check yours.
Otherwise, it may not hurt to e-mail the PD back and say that you still own the bikes, but the one they have isn't yours without giving unnecessary specifics.
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I would not reply to the e-mail or call the number listed in it. It could be a fake, even though on the surface it doesn't appear to be one. Since the police department has a contact page, I'd use the information listed there to contact them and ask if they did in fact send this to you.
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