So I got this email from James who had a bike stolen, which brings up a fundamental issue, what to do if you find your stolen bike and someone is posting an ad for it on craigs list.
Here is the story:
“My name is James Chae and I recently got my bike stolen from right in front of my house in Williamsburg.
To put a long story short — I came back from a long ride — parked my bike right in front of my corner bodega unlocked (big mistake, I know) and after less than a minute the bike was gone as soon as I stepped outside. Mind you, my bike had ALSO been stripped of its parts (wheels, handle bar, stem, and brake) a week earlier. So, this is causing me a GREAT deal of strife.
But, to my surprise the dumbass who stole the bike has posted it on craigslist.
(It has now been taken down from craig’s list)
But I am 100% positive this bike is mine because 1) I JUST bought new components for it and 2) it’s my damn baby!
If you could please offer some advice on how best to wrangle this son-of-a-bitch into returning my bike I would really appreciate it. I can procure emails and receipts to prove the bike is mine to the police. I am going to file a police report today as well. But I am trying to get some more info in how to best handle this situation without it turning into a bigger mess than it already is.
If anyone has advice on this situation, please post comments.
In the meantime, be on the look out for this stolen property:
Red Bianchi Fixed gear — decals rubbed off, but bianchi is still written on the rear stem.
Nitto B123 Track Drop bars / black Origin stem
Black Suntour Swift 700c rims / machined sidewalls / laced to generic black hi-flange hubs
Blue lined Hutchinson tires
Leftside bmx brake lever
Silver front brake