Moral dilemma: I found my stolen bike on craigslist, should I buy it back?


#1

I had a sentimental bike that I bought new 25 years ago. It was stolen 2 weeks ago. I found it posted on craigslist for $60 and I want to buy it back.

Sure, I’d like to get the guy busted and bring the police in when I meet the CL seller… but the guy took it from my backyard so he knows where I live. There is another ad from the same seller for another bike (i.e a repeat criminal). What do I gain from getting this guy busted? I might get my bike back for free, but then I put myself, my family and house at risk since he knows where I live. Even if I can get him caught, then aren’t the punishments so small that he can just keep on doing this afterwards?


#2

Buy the bike back then shoot the guy. He knows then you mean business.


#3

Or ask to take it for a test ride then and not come back. He couldn’t hold that against you.


#4

Ask the police to do it.


#5

So…did you get your bike back with the $60 and no hassle or with the police and a fear of revenge???


#6

Would love to hear what you did and what the outcome was.

I hope you went all-Liam Neeson on his ass :wink:

Actually I like Sam_Sparks solution the best (above).

If you don’t reply, we’ll have to assume things went terribly wrong.


#7

I made up a random story and fictional name and bought my bike back. But, I was too worried to confront him, so I hired a bouncer whom I found on craigslist and he bought my bike. I think that scared the guy a bit since I didn’t see his ads any more.


#8

$60 was worth it to get what you wanted. And no blood shed. Congrats.