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Old 07-18-15, 09:56 AM
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Stolen Bike: Houston

Hi all:

Native Houstonian, moved to San Diego for the military for 5 years, just moved back to Houston 6 weeks ago.

My bicycle was stolen from my house last night in the museum district. It is a 61cm, Cervelo P3: black, red, and white.

I've reported it to the police and am keeping an eye on Ebay/Craigslist to make sure nothing pops up.

We have had a rough week. My wife was robbed in broad daylight in the Costco parking lot on Thursday. It's also discouraging as I've had that bike for less than two years: I raced at Ironman Lake Tahoe in 2013 and used TriBikeTransport for my bike transport. Their entire truck was stolen.

If you see or hear anything, please let me know.
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Old 07-18-15, 11:04 AM
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Which Costco? Sorry to hear about your bike. Hate thieves. I've had a few friends whose cars were broken into in that area as well. Also try posting in ******/r/houston
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Old 07-18-15, 11:52 AM
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If your bike's serial number was not supplied to the police, for the report, try to find it, and call Burglary & Theft Division to have the report supplemented. (713-308-0900) An owner-applied number or lettering can substitute for the serial number, to prove ownership, but the serial number is king, when it comes to getting your bike returned to you, as that is what will be entered into a police computer, to check to see if it is stolen, when we have reason to be suspicious of a bicycle.

Unfortunately, a sizable element of our population seems to believe that bicycles are "community" property.

I am sorry to read about your misfortune.
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If you mean the Costco on Richmond Avenue, well, I am sorry to say this, but the Richmond Avenue and Southwest Freeway corridor is "ground zero" for burglaries of vehicles, and thefts of unattended property. ("Robbery" is a face-to-face, violent crime, involving force, or a threat of force.) Keep in mind that burglars and thieves flock to the "nice" parts or town, to commit their burglaries and thefts.

A few robberies do happen in this area, but it is relatively "safer" than many other parts of town.
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List your stolen bike on www.bikeindex.org. This might help. Don't forget to check pawn shops too. One guy drove around his neighborhood and found his bike leaning up against a house. Sorry to hear about your wife getting robbed. Big box stores seem to draw the thieves.
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Join the stolen bike search group for Houston on Facebook. Post a pic and location of stolen. Lots of people on the lookout on the group. Pawn shop owners also check it. You can also cross post it on the critical mass group too.

Unfortunately I heard most nice bikes are stripped and their nice components are sold off. Hopefully you can find it in one piece again. Good luck.
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Pawn Shops

There are things to keep in mind, regarding checking pawn shops after something is stolen, if the pawn shop is located within Houston. First of all, you WANT the thief to pawn your stuff; that makes it relatively easy to recover your items, IF they are identifiable. All pawned items are entered into the HPD police data base, by serial number. The computer will match the pawned item with anything reported stolen, by that serial number. An investigator with the Pawn Shop Detail will place a hold on your bike, then seize it.

This means it is best NOT to inquire at pawn shops, yourself, at least not right away. It is illegal to buy stolen property, so if someone walks into a pawn shop with a 61mm Cervelo P3, after you have been there, asking about such a bike, the thief will be turned away, perhaps to sell your bike at an obscure resale shop or flea market. (Do not expect pawn shop employees to seize your bike from a thief; they are not police officers.)

OK, so, if one does not have a serial number to provide to police, and plans to simply find the bike as a do-it-yourself project. Keep in mind that pawned items must be held for 21 days, before being offered for sale.
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