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(Independent)   One of life's frustrations: having your bike stolen. One of life's great joys: stealing it back   ( independent.co.uk) divider line
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2017-07-17 11:39:21 AM  
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2017-07-17 12:38:47 PM  
One would think that they would recognize the person they stole it from

Either she stole someone elses bike (which would be farking hilarious) or the thief is farking retarded
 
2017-07-17 01:22:40 PM  

cman: One would think that they would recognize the person they stole it from

Either she stole someone elses bike (which would be farking hilarious) or the thief is farking retarded


Do not most bicycle thieves steal bicycles that are unattended, meaning that they would be unable to identify the owner?
 
2017-07-17 02:19:49 PM  
Happened to my dad in college.

At least he thought it was his bike he stole back.
 
2017-07-17 02:21:21 PM  
I rode my bike up to the corner drug store in the summer I turned 11. It was stolen in the 3 minutes I was inside buying a comic book. "Terrible frustration"  is a lot more adult emotion than what I felt. That bike gave me independence and standing.
 
2017-07-17 02:21:53 PM  
Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.
 
2017-07-17 02:24:06 PM  
I'm having a hard time picturing this... if you can get on the bike and ride off real fast, maybe you can pull it off. But you left a friend standing there, and I'm supposed to believe that he just remained there and lectured the thief about how crime doesn't pay? How did that whole scene end?
 
2017-07-17 02:24:37 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.


I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.
 
2017-07-17 02:25:07 PM  
Karma at its finest.
 
2017-07-17 02:26:57 PM  
I knew a guy who had a Specialized Allez like this one back in the early 80s. I felt badly for him when he told me it had been stolen, then sometime later I saw him again and he told me he had gotten it back. "I saw it parked in front of a store, so I went in side and asked "Hey, does anyone know whose bike that is out front? No one spoke up, so I just grabbed it and rode it home."

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2017-07-17 02:27:17 PM  
curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?
 
2017-07-17 02:27:26 PM  
Freezepop - Bike Thief
Youtube W3eLl3pQGoY
 
2017-07-17 02:29:56 PM  

Super Chronic: I'm having a hard time picturing this... if you can get on the bike and ride off real fast, maybe you can pull it off. But you left a friend standing there, and I'm supposed to believe that he just remained there and lectured the thief about how crime doesn't pay? How did that whole scene end?


I was under the impression that she was by herself. The "co-conspirator" lectured the thief while online.
 
2017-07-17 02:30:57 PM  

cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.


shiat...did you get the cue back?
 
2017-07-17 02:31:51 PM  
It would have been more satisfying to leave him broken and bleeding on the side of the curb from the application of a baseball bat...
 
2017-07-17 02:32:49 PM  

The Flexecutioner: curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?


What part of Disneyland do you live in, where cops give a shiat about a stolen bicycle?

I live in a town in Iowa with a population of about 60 thousand. Even the cops here don't even TRY to do anything about a stolen bicycle.
 
2017-07-17 02:33:04 PM  

cowgirl toffee


I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires. Not on the tread where it could be fixed. Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.


o_O

Who the hell slashes tires in the tread area??
 
2017-07-17 02:33:22 PM  
Who says two wrongs don't make a right?
 
2017-07-17 02:34:00 PM  

cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.


Hmmm $400 set of tires vs $600 pool cue... works for me!
 
2017-07-17 02:34:05 PM  

Albert911emt: Super Chronic: I'm having a hard time picturing this... if you can get on the bike and ride off real fast, maybe you can pull it off. But you left a friend standing there, and I'm supposed to believe that he just remained there and lectured the thief about how crime doesn't pay? How did that whole scene end?

I was under the impression that she was by herself. The "co-conspirator" lectured the thief while online.


It says "the angry seller confronted the cyclist's co-conspirator." Granted, a better written article would have clarified the arrangement a little better up front, as this is the first indication of anybody accompanying her.
 
2017-07-17 02:34:11 PM  

The Flexecutioner: curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?


I'm guessing that the cops don't make it a priority to ride along and give credence to anyone who calls up and says, "Hey, I'm going to commit larceny today but I'm like totally sure it's mine so it's all cool. Can you come give this action the color of law?"
 
2017-07-17 02:34:16 PM  
Wanted for questioning.

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2017-07-17 02:34:59 PM  
My bike was stolen when I was a kid. Happened to see it (it had a really unique homemade paint job) parked at a house a couple blocks over probably 3 or 4 months later. I just walked up and took it. Old lady came out screaming at me, I yelled back it was stolen from me to begin with. She shook her head and walked back inside. Guessing she knew her grandson was a piece of shiat.
 
2017-07-17 02:35:33 PM  

facepalm.jpg: The Flexecutioner: curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?

I'm guessing that the cops don't make it a priority to ride along and give credence to anyone who calls up and says, "Hey, I'm going to commit larceny today but I'm like totally sure it's mine so it's all cool. Can you come give this action the color of law?"


In the U.S. the cops would gladly set up a sting and arrest the thief, in most jurisdictions.
 
2017-07-17 02:36:33 PM  
CSB time. I stole my own bike back.

While my car was in the shop up in Beacon NY, I started biking to the train station. I had this ancient mountain bike that was probably worth -$20, and I didn't even bother locking it up. I just stuck it in the bike rack next to 40+ others in a big mess of bikes.

One day, I came home on the train, and the bike was gone.

Whoever stole it must have literally gone over and checked every bike to see if any weren't locked. Complete opportunist.

Beacon isn't the biggest city, so I just kept my eye out for it. It was such an old bike, and I'd replaced so many parts, that it would be immediately obvious it was mine if I ever saw it.

Months later, I come home late at night on a train alone. My cell phone battery is long dead. It's late and dark. I'm walking up the long hill home from the train station, and I see a bike chained to a tree waaaay up the hill.

I think "wow, that looks just like my old bike" before I realize it's DEFINITELY my bike.  Except, the POS who stole it had wrapped the frame in electrical tape, cut the padding off the seat, and cut the shifter cables (guess he didn't know how shifting worked). He even tore the schwinn badge off!

Better, he had TWO huge chains on it with multiple locks. (I guess he heard there were bike thieves about...)

So I'm standing there debating what to do. I don't want to leave, since he might show up and take the bike while I'm gone. I can't call anyone, since my cell phone is dead.

Suddenly someone says, behind me, "Can I help you?"

I turn around, and there's this huge dude in probably his early 20s glaring at me. I assume immediately that he's the POS who stole my bike.

So I pull out my dead cell phone, and I say "yeah, actually, you want to wait with me? Some stupid asshole stole my bike, and I just found it here. Waiting for the cops to come cut it down for me."  Total bluff.

He stands there for a second staring at me. Then he suddenly cuts and farking RUNS. He runs up the hill and away as fast as he can.

So I assume he was 100% the POS who stole my bike.

I wait around 20 minutes to make sure he doesn't come back, run home myself, get a hacksaw, and come back to re-steal my bike. At no point does anyone who walks by think there's anything odd about me hacksawing the chains off a bike in the middle of the night.


Told the story on GeekNights many years ago:
http://frontrowcrew.com/geeknights/20091029/bicycle-thieves/
 
2017-07-17 02:36:56 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.

Hmmm $400 set of tires vs $600 pool cue... works for me!


$400 for a set of tires? Even Sams isn't that cheap. Then again, you're probably not getting Load Range E
 
2017-07-17 02:37:49 PM  
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2017-07-17 02:37:52 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.


Was it Homer Simpson?

/sorry, Ned
 
2017-07-17 02:38:24 PM  
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2017-07-17 02:38:29 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.

Hmmm $400 set of tires vs $600 pool cue... works for me!


dude would just go steal newer tires.... that what assholes do, ya know.
 
2017-07-17 02:38:32 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.

Hmmm $400 set of tires vs $600 pool cue... works for me!


It was 4 Toyo Proxes.  I was happy.
 
2017-07-17 02:38:56 PM  

Super Chronic: Albert911emt: Super Chronic: I'm having a hard time picturing this... if you can get on the bike and ride off real fast, maybe you can pull it off. But you left a friend standing there, and I'm supposed to believe that he just remained there and lectured the thief about how crime doesn't pay? How did that whole scene end?

I was under the impression that she was by herself. The "co-conspirator" lectured the thief while online.

It says "the angry seller confronted the cyclist's co-conspirator." Granted, a better written article would have clarified the arrangement a little better up front, as this is the first indication of anybody accompanying her.


Yeah, it's not made clear how it went down.

\I love the image of the thief whining that the property he stole got stolen :-)
 
2017-07-17 02:39:04 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: Wanted for questioning.

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Goddamit.
 
2017-07-17 02:39:23 PM  

Animatronik: facepalm.jpg: The Flexecutioner: curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?

I'm guessing that the cops don't make it a priority to ride along and give credence to anyone who calls up and says, "Hey, I'm going to commit larceny today but I'm like totally sure it's mine so it's all cool. Can you come give this action the color of law?"

In the U.S. the cops would gladly set up a sting and arrest the thief, in most jurisdictions.


They'd put at least 4 detectives on it. Probably have them working in shifts.
 
2017-07-17 02:39:28 PM  
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2017-07-17 02:39:34 PM  

realmolo: The Flexecutioner: curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?

What part of Disneyland do you live in, where cops give a shiat about a stolen bicycle?

I live in a town in Iowa with a population of about 60 thousand. Even the cops here don't even TRY to do anything about a stolen bicycle.


In my old PD not only would we have been interested, but we would have sent a detective to go with her, and had a couple uniforms ready to roll up.  Media loves stories about cops helping people get their property back.  However that would have been after she found it on Craigslist.  There is zero chance someone from the department would have invested the time she did looking for it.  We would drive around a few blocks and see if we could find someone riding on it, and occasionally they are dumb enough to do so.
 
2017-07-17 02:40:01 PM  
A Polish kid once stole my bike....he ran down street, carrying it under his arm.
 
2017-07-17 02:41:02 PM  
Bicycle-theft CSB:

Someone cut the ring lock off my wife's bike and stole it a few months ago. She reported the theft to the cops, who came out to her workplace to take fingerprints from the broken lock.

The bicycle was found and returned about two weeks later; we just had to go down to the police station and sign a form to claim it.
 
2017-07-17 02:41:05 PM  
Someone plotted to steal back their bicycle?  That old scheme is ....
(puts on glasses)
Two tired.
 
2017-07-17 02:42:30 PM  
My ex's car was stolen from in front of my house while we were gone for the day. We called and reported it and then decided to go looking for it just for something to do. The odds of finding it had to be pretty slim (Omaha isn't *that* small), but a gut feeling told me to try a particular area and sure enough we found it still warm. Called the police and they sent an officer out who looked at it and told us to consider ourselves lucky and just drive away. And to top it off, no windows were broken and while it was near empty when stolen, it had a full tank when we got it back.
 
2017-07-17 02:44:17 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: cowgirl toffee

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires. Not on the tread where it could be fixed. Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.


o_O

Who the hell slashes tires in the tread area??


Kids who don't know better.
 
2017-07-17 02:44:49 PM  

Bleak_Outlook: Who says two wrongs don't make a right?


They don't but one turn deserves another.
 
2017-07-17 02:46:55 PM  
FTA:  Ms Morton-Humphreys said she was delighted to discover her bike had been "spruced up" upon getting it home, with someone having even fixed a broken light

So she thinks someone stole her bike and then fixed it up, and sold it on Craigslist?  Is this common?  Cause I have a theory that she just stole someone's bike.
 
2017-07-17 02:47:25 PM  
The thief should have hid it in the basement of the Alamo.
 
2017-07-17 02:48:23 PM  

cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: cowgirl toffee: Tr0mBoNe: Happened to me with my lawnmower, but I had a pretty good idea who took it.

I had a $600 pool cue stolen... so I sliced the guys tires.  Not on the tread where it could be fixed.  Nope... on the side walls where he had to replace them.

Hmmm $400 set of tires vs $600 pool cue... works for me!

It was 4 Toyo Proxes.  I was happy.


Shoulda stole his tires.
 
2017-07-17 02:48:26 PM  
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2017-07-17 02:49:17 PM  

Albert911emt: Super Chronic: Albert911emt: Super Chronic: I'm having a hard time picturing this... if you can get on the bike and ride off real fast, maybe you can pull it off. But you left a friend standing there, and I'm supposed to believe that he just remained there and lectured the thief about how crime doesn't pay? How did that whole scene end?

I was under the impression that she was by herself. The "co-conspirator" lectured the thief while online.

It says "the angry seller confronted the cyclist's co-conspirator." Granted, a better written article would have clarified the arrangement a little better up front, as this is the first indication of anybody accompanying her.

Yeah, it's not made clear how it went down.

\I love the image of the thief whining that the property he stole got stolen :-)


It is clear, but in context from earlier in the article. The "co-conspirator" was on facebook, not with her for the meeting.
 
2017-07-17 02:49:48 PM  

Tchernobog: My bike was stolen when I was a kid. Happened to see it (it had a really unique homemade paint job) parked at a house a couple blocks over probably 3 or 4 months later. I just walked up and took it. Old lady came out screaming at me, I yelled back it was stolen from me to begin with. She shook her head and walked back inside. Guessing she knew her grandson was a piece of shiat.

 I was babysitting my niece when she was about  10 years old and her bike was stolen from my front yard while she was inside the house for awhile. She cried like a baby when she realized it was gone. About an hour later there's a knock on the door and a Dad standing there with his kid and my niece's bike back on my lawn. The kid apologized profusely, explained why it's wrong to take someone else's property and that stealing doesn't really feel good, it feels bad. His Dad looked at me and said "I've never been so ashamed in my life". I  told him even good kids do shiatty things sometime and that he should take solace in the fact that he's molding a fine human being. As a parent, that's all you can do.

 
2017-07-17 02:51:50 PM  

The Flexecutioner: curious why the cops couldn't/wouldn't help her. did they not believe her story about it being stolen? also didnt seem like the thief got arrested for any of it either.  i have some blockers preventing parts of the webpage but maybe more of that was in a video/news segment?


They didn't help because in this situation there was no opportunity for the cops to get violent
 
2017-07-17 02:53:01 PM  
I had my bike stolen as a kid. It was one of those 70s BMX bikes with mag wheels and the whole shebang. I was playing right field in a little league game when I saw a kid ride by on my bike. The yellow mag wheels had been spray painted black. Talk about ruining a kid's day. It was worse than finding out my bike was gone in the first place.
 
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