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2012-05-10 09:25:09 AM  
I admire this guy, but if this had happened to me, I would not have alerted the media afterwards. Sometimes it's better to stay quiet and anonymous.
 
2012-05-10 09:26:01 AM  
And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?
 
2012-05-10 09:38:53 AM  

flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?


I concur; Mr. Lesh should have murdered the thief.
 
2012-05-10 09:40:10 AM  
Can we please all just stop using the word 'punked' in this context?
 
2012-05-10 09:41:31 AM  
Hey mr. policeman, I've found a theif.

Sorry, buddy, union says we can't solve no crimes no more.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-05-10 09:41:51 AM  
I'm impressed. He managed to get it back without committing a crime in the process. Unlike, for example, OJ Simpson.
 
2012-05-10 09:42:16 AM  

Egoy3k: Can we please all just stop using the word 'punked' in this context?


Seriously. It should only be used in the context of trading sex for jailhouse protection.
 
2012-05-10 09:42:33 AM  

flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?


People who steal stuff surreptitiously generally don't like to confront people. Otherwise, they'd be mugging people instead. I'd say the risk here is pretty minimal.

To look at it another way, stealing a bicycle is likely a misdemeanor, or perhaps a very low-level felony that you can plead down to a misdemeanor depending on the cost of the bike. Beating the shiat out of somebody because they retrieved their lawfully owned property from you is likely to result in more serious charges, and it's possible the person in question might shoot you, though this is DC so that's probably not the case. Any rational criminal is going to say "Hey, OK, I got punked. Lesson learned, ask for the money up front".
 
2012-05-10 09:43:28 AM  

Egoy3k: Can we please all just stop using the word 'punked' in this context?


Yes, we should use "pranked", because the thief is definitely a Stiffly Stifferson.
 
2012-05-10 09:43:29 AM  
So the cops refuse to help the guy, then at the end they advise you not to try to recover stolen property on your own.
 
2012-05-10 09:43:39 AM  
fark the cops who have no time to help this guy, but have time to go after marijuana smokers by sniffing around doors.
 
2012-05-10 09:43:55 AM  

flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?


Well the guy already had his phone number, so he could likely have gotten an address from that. Dude should have also used one of those cheap prepaid cellphones to set up the test ride and keep his phone number hidden.
 
2012-05-10 09:44:32 AM  
FTA:which are easy to cut if you're a theft with a pair of boltcutters handy

Thank goodness this is just a little podunk news agency in a little town and not a big network in the nation's capital.
 
2012-05-10 09:44:44 AM  

dittybopper: Egoy3k: Can we please all just stop using the word 'punked' in this context?

Yes, we should use "pranked", because the thief is definitely a Stiffly Stifferson.


"Pranking" typically requires use of a tire iron.
 
2012-05-10 09:45:51 AM  
I read 'punked' as 'punched' and was disappointed by the article's lack of violence.
 
2012-05-10 09:47:09 AM  

ha-ha-guy: flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?

Well the guy already had his phone number, so he could likely have gotten an address from that. Dude should have also used one of those cheap prepaid cellphones to set up the test ride and keep his phone number hidden.


True.... but this way, he gets to laugh in the thiefs face.

/priceless
 
2012-05-10 09:47:13 AM  
Think the cops are embarrassed by this story? Me neither.
 
2012-05-10 09:47:57 AM  

dittybopper: flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?

People who steal stuff surreptitiously generally don't like to confront people. Otherwise, they'd be mugging people instead. I'd say the risk here is pretty minimal.


Now risking property damage...re-theft of the bicycle...all depends on how vengeful the thief is.
 
2012-05-10 09:48:45 AM  

Egoy3k: Can we please all just stop using the word 'punked' in this context?


And, while we're at it, can we quit putting -gate at the end of every word associated with a sports-related scandal?

spy-gate
bounty-gate
trip-gate
 
2012-05-10 09:48:48 AM  

justoneznot: So the cops refuse to help the guy, then at the end they advise you not to try to recover stolen property on your own.


Exactly, I love how they tell the guy they won;t do anything cause they can't be bothered, then tell everyone else not to do the job they won't.
 
2012-05-10 09:49:04 AM  

rudemix: FTA:which are easy to cut if you're a theft with a pair of boltcutters handy

Thank goodness this is just a little podunk news agency in a little town and not a big network in the nation's capital.


Heh.

I amazed the friends of my son by opening the combination lock on one of their bicycle chains in about 30 seconds without knowing the combination. The trick is to maintain tension and manipulation the rings until you feel them 'catch'. I can't wait to see their reaction when I open a master padlock with a boot heel. They might be able to take a bullet, but not a size 11 Corcoran jump boot.
 
2012-05-10 09:49:05 AM  

ZAZ: I'm impressed. He managed to get it back without committing a crime in the process. Unlike, for example, OJ Simpson George Zimmerman.


amirite?
 
2012-05-10 09:49:44 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

When you've gone over something again and again and again and again like I have, certain questions get answered. Others spring up! The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back! It's like you're unraveling a big cable-knit sweater that someone keeps knitting and knitting and kitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting!
 
2012-05-10 09:51:09 AM  

rudemix: FTA:which are easy to cut if you're a theft with a pair of boltcutters handy

Thank goodness this is just a little podunk news agency in a little town and not a big network in the nation's capital.


most bicycle riders, thieves, and anyone handy with tools already knows this, which is why most people with valuable stuff don't use this type of lock to protect said stuff. not like they're spilling nuclear secrets here.
 
2012-05-10 09:52:38 AM  
I did the same thing a few years back. Except in my case I got the police to bust him. I had to have everything set up for the cops to move on it (having an easily identifiable frankenbike helped) but move they did.

Emailed the thief, asked him questions about the bike, then after a few mails, offered to buy it. Set up a meet on a busy street corner and told the cops where he'd be. Three undercovers did the rest.

Now the police wanted to avoid me taking shiat into my own hands. That was a bit of a motivator for them.

I got the bike back, 17 year old thief got a bullshiat possession of stolen property charge.

About the police. I got the runaround from one cop then another female cop took the matter seriously. Later the same year I read a nearly identical story on the other side of town.

/end csb
//bike thieves must die
 
2012-05-10 09:53:13 AM  
This happened a few weeks ago, but it was a lady bicyclist. I thought it then and I'll say it now. good on 'em.

A friend of mine's vehicle was stolen from their driveway a few weeks ago, and I was on Craigslist like a fiend that weekend looking for the car seat that was inevitably ditched from the back. Didn't find it, but the cops (!) recovered the pathfinder. Took em three days tho.
 
2012-05-10 09:53:53 AM  
He called the cops basically handing the guy to them on a platter and they said they had no officers available. Really??? What the article doesn't mention: He went back on Craigslist and saw tons more postings of bikes for sale from the same guy (probably all stolen) and the police still didn't care when he told them. DC police at their finest. They have officers available to give high speed escorts to celebrities though.
 
2012-05-10 09:55:13 AM  

dittybopper: flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?

People who steal stuff surreptitiously generally don't like to confront people. Otherwise, they'd be mugging people instead. I'd say the risk here is pretty minimal.

To look at it another way, stealing a bicycle is likely a misdemeanor, or perhaps a very low-level felony that you can plead down to a misdemeanor depending on the cost of the bike. Beating the shiat out of somebody because they retrieved their lawfully owned property from you is likely to result in more serious charges, and it's possible the person in question might shoot you, though this is DC so that's probably not the case. Any rational criminal is going to say "Hey, OK, I got punked. Lesson learned, ask for the money up front".


You're assuming an awful lot.
 
2012-05-10 09:56:34 AM  
I did almost this exact thing in San Diego a couple of years ago, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

My bike was stolen from a rack, it was on Craigslist the same afternoon. Called the police and they showed up while my wife was 'test driving' it.

/dude was serial bike thief/tweaker, the cops knew him on sight

//csb
 
2012-05-10 09:57:55 AM  

OhioUGrad: dittybopper: flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?

People who steal stuff surreptitiously generally don't like to confront people. Otherwise, they'd be mugging people instead. I'd say the risk here is pretty minimal.

Now risking property damage...re-theft of the bicycle...all depends on how vengeful the thief is.


Probably not very. It's an economic activity, after all. People steal bicycles in order to make money. So if this guy steals the bike again, how the hell is he going to sell it? Or, conversely, if he steals it again in order to mangle it as a lesson to the owner, what economic benefit has he derived? It won't serve as a lesson to other bike owners, the way a beatdown by a loan shark on someone who owes him money would. There is just no real upside to the thief taking further action, and many potential pitfalls.

No, the thief will just walk away, unless he is congenitally stupid. He's already been reported to the police and online, and if anything happens to the bike or the owner, he's a prime suspect. Smart thing to do would be to start up a new Craigslist account and carry on under a different name.
 
2012-05-10 09:59:22 AM  

Walker: They have officers available to give high speed escorts to celebrities though.


You'd think celebrities could find escorts who are high on speed on their own.
 
2012-05-10 09:59:25 AM  
A friends new ford pick up was stolen in Brownsville. He contacted the cops filed a report ect... The cops said he bets it's in Matamoros and how they prefer his model of truck. We load up and cross the bridge and cruised around town looking for it. Within a hour we found it parked in the state police parking lot. He jumped out and unlocked his truck and off we went to the bridge and crossed back across and called the cops to tell them we had recovered it..
 
2012-05-10 10:00:29 AM  

Egoy3k: Can we please all just stop using the word 'punked' in this context?


punked-gate
 
2012-05-10 10:02:51 AM  

ZAZ: I'm impressed. He managed to get it back without committing a crime in the process. Unlike, for example, OJ Simpson.


WTH does Orange Juice and Bart have to do with this?

--

Bet the police around here would be the same as in the article... "Sorry sir, we're either too busy sitting on our asses, eating donuts or handing out fake tickets to be of any help."
If they won't respond to two people breaking in your house, telling you that, "You have things well under control", they sure won't respond to a bike theft.
 
2012-05-10 10:04:07 AM  
I had my bicycle stolen in college. Luckily, it was given to me for free so I wasn't bothered so much. Went to a flea market and got a new bike that I liked more than the first. I checked craigslist for my old bike every once in a while, but never saw it on there. A month later, I saw a dude riding my old bike and he parked it outside the school library. I thought about chaining it up, but I just left a note with my email address, asking the dude to settle the matter like gentlemen. Never saw the bike around campus again, so I assume he just ditched it somewhere. Oh well.

/weeeee! let's ride bikes!
 
2012-05-10 10:06:33 AM  

Dimensio: flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?

I concur; Mr. Lesh should have murdered the thief.


At least lopped off his right hand. Go all sharia law on his crooked ass.
 
2012-05-10 10:08:58 AM  

Bees are livestock: A friends new ford pick up was stolen in Brownsville. He contacted the cops filed a report ect... The cops said he bets it's in Matamoros and how they prefer his model of truck. We load up and cross the bridge and cruised around town looking for it. Within a hour we found it parked in the state police parking lot. He jumped out and unlocked his truck and off we went to the bridge and crossed back across and called the cops to tell them we had recovered it..


I am confused by your details. Did the cops across the bridge steal the truck?
 
2012-05-10 10:09:37 AM  

Bruxellensis: dittybopper: Any rational criminal is going to say "Hey, OK, I got punked. Lesson learned, ask for the money up front".

You're assuming an awful lot.


Not necessarily.

Even criminals have rational behaviors, especially those who are committing crimes for economic benefit. They may be impulsive, they may not have long term planning skills, but they generally are smart enough to at least attempt to avoid situations that might get them into trouble. Going after this guy, who went to the trouble to retrieve his property, is from an economic standpoint, a loser. It can only get him further into trouble.

Since the thief in question seems to be doing this from economic motives, picking high-end bikes on purpose and reselling them, it just doesn't make economic sense to go after the owner.

The thief may not actually *THINK* of it along those actual lines, but his actions will likely be guided by those ideas.
 
2012-05-10 10:12:10 AM  
My CSB Craiglist story: We had a student who advertised for someone to take their final for them on Craiglist. A parent spotted it and referred it to us. One of our academic affairs people called him up pretending to be answering the ad and even arranged for it all.

To say that dumbass was in deep shiat was putting it mildly.
 
2012-05-10 10:13:52 AM  

dittybopper: rudemix: FTA:which are easy to cut if you're a theft with a pair of boltcutters handy

Thank goodness this is just a little podunk news agency in a little town and not a big network in the nation's capital.

Heh.

I amazed the friends of my son by opening the combination lock on one of their bicycle chains in about 30 seconds without knowing the combination. The trick is to maintain tension and manipulation the rings until you feel them 'catch'. I can't wait to see their reaction when I open a master padlock with a boot heel. They might be able to take a bullet, but not a size 11 Corcoran jump boot.



You have excellent taste in footwear sir! Wearing those same boots right now.
 
2012-05-10 10:14:32 AM  

SmellsLikePoo: Bees are livestock: A friends new ford pick up was stolen in Brownsville. He contacted the cops filed a report ect... The cops said he bets it's in Matamoros and how they prefer his model of truck. We load up and cross the bridge and cruised around town looking for it. Within a hour we found it parked in the state police parking lot. He jumped out and unlocked his truck and off we went to the bridge and crossed back across and called the cops to tell them we had recovered it..

I am confused by your details. Did the cops across the bridge steal the truck?


I doubt the cops themselves stole it but they were in possession of it. There was a hand held radio and a dry-cleaned cop uniform inside it when we snatched it back.
Its pretty common for the cops across to drive stolen cars/trucks.
 
2012-05-10 10:15:30 AM  

dericwater: fark the cops who have no time to help this guy, but have time to go after marijuana smokers by sniffing around doors.


The thief probably smoke pot... so if they had arrested him prior, he wouldn't have stolen the bike in the first place.
 
2012-05-10 10:15:48 AM  

KiplingKat872: My CSB Craiglist story: We had a student who advertised for someone to take their final for them on Craiglist. A parent spotted it and referred it to us. One of our academic affairs people called him up pretending to be answering the ad and even arranged for it all.

To say that dumbass was in deep shiat was putting it mildly.


Makes you wonder how he/she would have done on the exam.
 
2012-05-10 10:16:45 AM  

FTFA:

Lesh called the police, who told him they wouldn't be able to respond


Go ahead car_ _ _ and one good apple. Tell us again how you and your fellow criminals in blue are a valuable asset to society.
 
2012-05-10 10:16:54 AM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: KiplingKat872: My CSB Craiglist story: We had a student who advertised for someone to take their final for them on Craiglist. A parent spotted it and referred it to us. One of our academic affairs people called him up pretending to be answering the ad and even arranged for it all.

To say that dumbass was in deep shiat was putting it mildly.

Makes you wonder how he/she would have done on the exam.


Well, it was their fourth time trying to pass O Chem.

And they wanted to go into the medical field.

Chemistry saves lives.
 
2012-05-10 10:18:28 AM  

KiplingKat872: Inflatable Rhetoric: KiplingKat872: My CSB Craiglist story: We had a student who advertised for someone to take their final for them on Craiglist. A parent spotted it and referred it to us. One of our academic affairs people called him up pretending to be answering the ad and even arranged for it all.

To say that dumbass was in deep shiat was putting it mildly.

Makes you wonder how he/she would have done on the exam.

Well, it was their fourth time trying to pass O Chem.

And they wanted to go into the medical field.

Chemistry saves lives.


ooh, I misread. I thought the advertiser wanted to take the exam for someone.
 
2012-05-10 10:20:38 AM  

dittybopper: OhioUGrad: dittybopper: flucto: And now, thanks to your bragging to the press and posing for a picture, the angry thief knows your real name, knows what you look like and can get your real address. What could possibly go wrong?

People who steal stuff surreptitiously generally don't like to confront people. Otherwise, they'd be mugging people instead. I'd say the risk here is pretty minimal.

Now risking property damage...re-theft of the bicycle...all depends on how vengeful the thief is.

Probably not very. It's an economic activity, after all. People steal bicycles in order to make money. So if this guy steals the bike again, how the hell is he going to sell it? Or, conversely, if he steals it again in order to mangle it as a lesson to the owner, what economic benefit has he derived? It won't serve as a lesson to other bike owners, the way a beatdown by a loan shark on someone who owes him money would. There is just no real upside to the thief taking further action, and many potential pitfalls.

No, the thief will just walk away, unless he is congenitally stupid. He's already been reported to the police and online, and if anything happens to the bike or the owner, he's a prime suspect. Smart thing to do would be to start up a new Craigslist account and carry on under a different name.


You give criminals more credit than I do.
 
2012-05-10 10:23:25 AM  

dittybopper: Bruxellensis: dittybopper: rational criminal

You're assuming an awful lot.

Not necessarily.

Even criminals have rational behaviors, especially those who are committing crimes for economic benefit. They may be impulsive, they may not have long term planning skills, but they generally are smart enough to at least attempt to avoid situations that might get them into trouble. Going after this guy, who went to the trouble to retrieve his property, is from an economic standpoint, a loser. It can only get him further into trouble.

Since the thief in question seems to be doing this from economic motives, picking high-end bikes on purpose and reselling them, it just doesn't make economic sense to go after the owner.

The thief may not actually *THINK* of it along those actual lines, but his actions will likely be guided by those ideas.


You either know this thief personally, or you are making one giant assumption.

Here is a list of what we know about the criminal:
1. He stole a bike
2. He tried to sell it on Craigslist

You might be right, but to speak for this guy so matter-of-factly is just you speculating with your reasoning interjected.
 
2012-05-10 10:26:10 AM  

bungle_jr: rudemix: FTA:which are easy to cut if you're a theft with a pair of boltcutters handy

Thank goodness this is just a little podunk news agency in a little town and not a big network in the nation's capital.

most bicycle riders, thieves, and anyone handy with tools already knows this, which is why most people with valuable stuff don't use this type of lock to protect said stuff. not like they're spilling nuclear secrets here.


I may be wrong, but I don't think that's what rudemix meant. I took it as a comment on "if you're a theft."
 
2012-05-10 10:26:10 AM  
Why does everybody assume criminals are always going to go the revenge route? I know there's real gangsta shiat going on out there but for every criminal in prison, there's at least one judge, prosecutor, and arresting officer, and there's often a snitch and a final victim who got away. As awesome as it looks in the movies and TV, every criminal who gets out of prison doesn't try to murder those five people. In their own way, criminals are rational actors.
 
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