Hot of the heels of our September recoveries, here's October's! Yes, it's a rare Bike Index double-month writeup week here, so - enjoy.
In this month's edition, we have ...
- A great combo twitter/Facebook cargobike sighting and recovery in SF
- A local PDX cyclist spots a stolen Breezer 'in the wild', and 30 minutes later it's back in the owner's hands
- Some great spotting and recovery by the PNW Lost & StolenBikes facebook crew
- A Portland chop shop/encampment bust leads to several recovered bikes - bikes that were stolen from a local business
- A nice chasedown and recovery in DC after a couple of 'confontational attempts'
- An SF bike theft victim's friends spot and recover their stolen bike - all while the owner is out of country
- The never ending litany of stolen bikes showing up on Kjiji, Offerup, LetGo and Craigslist
"I saw this one online (on OfferUp) and looks like it could be yours."
Salsa Warbird - recovered: 10/1/2017
"Pawn shop found serial number in police
database and reported it to them an hour after Bike Index tweeted the
lost bike notification."
1986 Schwinn Super Sport - recovered: 10/1/2017
"Found it for sale on LetGo. Met the seller
at a public place and when I took it for a test ride, I checked the
serial, then called the police. I kept the seller talking until they
arrived and when they did, I showed them proof of ownership and they
let me take it home. The seller was not charged as he claimed to have
to have purchased it without knowing it was stolen. Always keep your
documentation and register your bike. If it's stolen, keep checking
sites and apps like Craigslist, OfferUp, and LetGo."
2012 Fuji Absolute 2.0 - recovered: 10/1/2017
"I just received a response back from the Vancouver Police Department after
sending them information on finding your bike: "Your message has been
forwarded to our Police Service Technicians for possible follow up." I
had included a link to the Bike Index webpage for your bike as well."
Novara Strada 3 - recovered: 10/3/2017
" I searched for my bike on Craigslist for 7
months, and found someone selling it 200 miles away. The police
contacted the seller and confirmed the serial number. The seller
turned it into the police department for me to pick up."
2011 Giant Avail 3 - recovered: 10/4/2017
"Portland Police found it ..." (Ed: not sure if this was a @ppbiketheft recovery or just regular officers, but, hey, thanks!)
2013 SCOTT Sub 20 - recovered: 10/14/2017
"Hi, This is Ofc (redacted), I just recovered your bicycle. " (ed note: Another Portland Police recovery)
2015 Specialized Sirrus - recovered: 10/5/2017
Spotted on a notoriously bad part of Shotwell in SF, this cargobike stood out.
Someone posted it on FB, which lead to the Xtracycle folks digging in and finding an owner.
"We called a local rock gym (assumed this person is a climber based on the stickers) and
they think they know who the owner is"
Xtracycle with e-assist - recovered: 10/11/2017
"Glad you got your bike back! Make sure you mark it recovered in this site."
2015 Trek Skye S - recovered: 10/9/2017
"Seattle PD found it!" (Editor's note: a huge shout out to all the officers in SPD, on the ground, who use Bike Index. We'd love for there to be more of you)
2017 Cannondale Quick 7 - recovered: 10/13/2017
"A local mechanic recognized it and call it in to the police!"
Peugeot - recovered: 10/16/2017
"I posed as a buyer when the bike showed up on " OfferUp". I then
cordinated a sting. Upon meeting the seller I confirmed the bike was
mine and locked it to a park bench. Then called local police."
2016 Specialized Stumpjumper - recovered: 10/16/2017
"R. from Bike East Bay here. It looks like this Craigslist post might be your bike ... (bike
was purchased at Laney Flea Market, posted onto CL, then found to be stolen and ID'd here)"
Soma Wolverine - recovered: 10/17/2017
"The watchful eyes of fellow Edmonton
cyclists noted my bike advertised on facebook. A fellow rider then
contacted me, and I passed this on to police who apprehended the
individual and collected my bike."
2017 Trek Marlin 5 - recovered: 10/19/2017
"Long story short... bike was on OfferUp in
Jun/July. I contacted the police in July/Aug via e-mail with no luck.
Found pictures of the guy riding my bike at a DC bike party event in
June as well... Then Wednesday this week I saw the guy riding my bike
at another bike event hosted by the same bike group...Eventually the
Police seized the bike. There was 2 confrontational attempts to stop
him. He claimed he bought the bike, but after talking to the detective
and seeing the persons name, it turns out that he was the seller on
OfferUp. There's way more to the story and not enough time to explain
in detail. But I'm happy I was able to get the bike back even when I
didn't have the serial number"
2007 Bianchi Fremont
- recovered: 10/20/2017
"The individual who purchased the bike for
$300 was informed by a friend who saw the bike posted on Facebook that
it was stolen. They looked up the serial number online (via this
website) and contacted me to return the bike. I worked with the local
authorities to recover the bike and it's now back in my garage. Thank
2017 Salsa Mukluk - recovered: 10/22/2017
"Well, a guy I know has owed me $60 for a while now and we just came up
with an agreement on this bike frame. I put all my stuff on it and
just thought I should check the serial number, I've got your bike.
It's just the frame. I'll have to take my stuff off.
Fuji Nevada 29 - recovered: 10/22/2017
"Hi, To make a long story short I believe I have your bike. We brought
our son back last semester from A&M and he was in possession of your
bike. The report we got at the time was that a friend of his had given
it to him. We knew his friend so we had no reason to question the
report. We learned today that boy had been arrested for unrelated
activities so we thought about the bike. Checked this registry and
here we are. I believe my son and apologize for his poor selection of
friends. I would like to pay you for the bike as we have it now in
Dallas and have used it a few times and would prefer you are fully
compensated. I had a bike myself stolen last year and know how you
2016 Giant Escape - recovered: 10/22/2017
"The @ppbbiketheft officers posted this to their Twitter - "Nice Soma single speed we just picked up in the "boneyard". If you recognize it let us know" - and this bike was quickly ID'd as being stolen in the Bike Index and returned to the owner."
2013 EAI Bareknuckle - recovered: 10/23/2017
"I shared the information about my bike
being stolen along with my Bike Index post.
I had over 30 people share it and someone I have never met spotted it
in the Ballard Commons.
He commented on a share on PNW Lost/Stolen Bikes and babysat it for 40
minutes until my friends
showed up to retrieve it. They drove it to me at my office and I have
been reunited with my baby
in less than 24 hours! It has a few war scars but is otherwise fine
with about $200 of accessories gone. Still, much better than I was ever hoping it could be!
I just cannot believe I lost and retrieved it in less than 24 hours."
Salsa Marrakesh - recovered: 10/24/2017
Discovered in one of Portland's many homeless encampments/bike chop shops
along with many, many other stolen bikes. Several of which were stolen from Portland's Metropolis Bikes back in September
2012 Ahearne Hardtail 29'er - recovered: 10/27/2017
Same as the above. This LaPierre and the Ahearne listed above were
stolen from Portland's Metropolis Bikes back in September and recovered in an overflowing chop shop/homeless encampment near Portland's Steel Bridge.
LaPierre - recovered: 10/27/2017
Stolen along with several other bikes while this owner was out of the country,
one of the owner's friends spotted someone riding the bike and
recovered it shortly thereafter.
2012 Surly Long Haul Trucker - recovered: 10/27/2017
"Hello, Just wanted to inform you that your bike was recovered by
Police and is in the property room. Please give me a call!"
Ghost Kato - recovered: 10/27/2017
"Hello! We have located your bicycle! Please contact me and we can get
it back to you. Thanks. Officer Sanders"
2015 Specialized Enduro - recovered: 10/1/2017
"They were able to run the serial numbers
off Bike Index for confirmation."
2015 Cannondale Caad 10 - recovered: 10/1/2017
"Perp posted on Kijiji, was alerted by friendly due to my ad saying it was stolen. Also had someone flag using Bike Index. Got Edmonton police involved, and they took care of
things relatively quickly."
2015 Norco Bikes Threshold A1 - recovered: 10/29/2017
"The bike was found on OfferUp, and then
the Seattle Police Department did the rest!
To be honest, we didn't reach out directly to OfferUp to report the
bike since we had heard they don't do much to help, and we had the
Seattle PD's attention already to help resolve the issue.
I think we got lucky on the recovery, but I completely agree with you
that it would be ideal to not have to play the system to recover
Thanks for all the work on Bike Index - I need to get all of my other
bikes up there now!"
2004 Cervélo R 2.5 CSC Edition - recovered: 10/30/2017
"Hello, I believe I have this bike. I recently discovered the Bike Index
stolen status. This message is difficult to write. I could just ignore
it and keep the bike. But that would only help bike thieves. I don’t
want to do that. And how would I feel if I had my own bike stolen? So
I want to do the right thing. Here’s what happened: I purchased it a
few weeks ago on Craigslist from a man at a house in east San Jose. The bike was in bad shape and needed a lot of work."
2017 Specialized Sirrus Elite - recovered: 10/30/2017
"Hi, I believe I have your bike. It was mysteriously dropped off in our
side yard around Oct 14 in the middle of the night."
2003 Trek 2200 - recovered: 10/30/2017
A fantastic recovery by @howrad on twitter - he spotted
this stolen Breezer being ridden by some local 'park-dwelling' folks,
and dropped @ppbbiketheft a line - an officer was quickly dispatched
and the owner came by to recover this bike shortly thereafter. Here's the victory photo, and can read the original twitter thread here.
2010 Breezer Uptown 8 - recovered: 10/30/2017
Not sure if your receiving your messages. I've got the bike. Bought it
for 40.00 ...
2012 Windsor Tourist
- recovered: 10/31/2017
This one popped up in a pawn shop...
"Hello, I just took your bike in at my shop on Sandy Blvd. It doesn't
look exactly like the picture you provided
but the serial matches. We paid $75 to impound it and were able to
get a scan of the thief's ID, if you are
interested in getting it back let me know."
2012 Windsor Tourist
- recovered: 10/31/2017
We've recovered a bike that I think is yours at Cycle Portland (Ed note: Cycle Portland has been fantastic about pulling stolen bikes back - everybody should go check them out. Thanks guys!)
2011 Trek Wahoo - recovered: 10/31/2017
... and that's a wrap for October.
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