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ETCH12 SparkPoints: (19,360)
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8/19/13 7:09 P

My husbands dirt bike was rolled out of our garage when the door was accidentally left open. He looked every where. 2 years passed, and he accidentally found it. He told the guy that had it, he was looking for parts. He remembered the vin #, asked the guy for a contact name. Left the area, called the police. Long story, short, he got his bike back. Tires were completely bald, lots of tlc needed. Sorry to hear those bad people got your stuff.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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8/18/13 3:03 P

If you have pawn shops in your area or second hand stores, I would try those as well.

Sorry some jackass decided to ruin your day!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,109)
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8/18/13 2:30 P

Stolen bikes not only appear on craigslist, but ebay too. So, keep an eye on those listings because you just might spot your bike.

This sure sounds like a crime of opportunity. Do you remember what the person driving that truck looked like ? If so, the police will ask you to remember descriptions as best you can. Also, reporting the crime will put the neighborhood on notice that there have been thefts in the area.

This person or persons could have been casing the neighborhood for a while. Check with your neighbors to see if they noticed anything unusual. Every little detail does help towards recovering your bikes.

You might want to put up fliers notifying people about the theft. Describe the bikes as best you can. Maybe someone might spot them locally in that criminal's yard or garage. I know that many bike thefts tend to be kids going off for joy rides. they grab the bike and they ditch it a few miles away. Your bikes could end up in someone else's yard. That's why you might want to put up fliers letting folks know you're looking for them.

AND... post an AD craigslist. List that you're looking for two stolen bikes that were taken from your garage. That's another way to get the community involved.

When I found someone's lost fitbit, that's how I found the owner i.e. by posting an AD on craigslist. can't hurt to try. I see lots of LOST posts on CL.

NSPIXIE SparkPoints: (44,966)
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8/18/13 12:35 P

Report the theft to the police immediately along with anything special that would identify your bike from someone elses of the same make. I'd be careful of trying to take on the thieves myself or accusing someone of theft based on speculation rather than facts... Tell everything to the police though.

JUNKDRAWER Posts: 1,253
8/18/13 12:34 P

I agree with getting the police involved. Check the classifieds, craigslist, and pawn shops in the area to see if there are any bike's matching the description of yours.

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8/18/13 12:16 P

Agree. Call the police. There may have been other stolen bikes in your area that they know about. If you give the truck description to the police they may already know the vehicle from prior reports also. Tell the police your idea & they can assist you.

JPRSAVETTE SparkPoints: (5,268)
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8/18/13 12:14 P

Try looking for it "for sale" on Craigslist...........depending on how motivated that you are you might call a police station around a college that has this issue.........Foot Patrol is the Police in Isla Vista (IV) just outside of UCSB and they might be able to give you some ideas to recover your bike.

8/18/13 12:03 P

The probability that you get the bikes back is poor. One of my friends had his (very expensive) bike stolen when he tried to sell it. The prospective buyer came to look at the bike and wanted to take it for a test ride. He never came back. My friend didn't even get his ID or name. Too easy.

If you have home insurance, they may cover your loss, except it will be a black mark on your insurance (which could raise your rates or be cause for cancellation).

Report the crime to the police with a description of the truck you believe was involved. Sell your battery, don't ask for trouble by trying to get these criminals back. Move forward, and remember this lesson. Lock up any new bikes to make it harder for thieves.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,055
8/18/13 9:35 A

Definitely get the police involved. The thieves could be dangerous and depending in the bikes' values, we could be in felony territory.

KAJERO Posts: 302
8/18/13 9:23 A

Can anyone give me any suggestions regarding bike recovery? Our bikes were stolen August 16. My SO's bike is an e-assist bike and uses a battery; the bike is not much good without it. The thieves did not take the battery which was recharging on a shelf right next to the bike. The battery retails for around $900.

Yesterday, I was outside on the driveway visiting with my brother and sister-in-law. The garage door was open. A small white open bed vehicle, one that would be great for dumping bikes into quickly, slowed down, and passed our house twice. I just got this funny feeling that they were the thieves and had come back to look for the battery.

I have been trying my best to figure out what to do. I think I will list it on Craig's list for sale, but use a different city. Listing where they stole the bikes from was will tip them off. If they should come and get it and it is the white truck, I will be able to get the license plate. Otherwise, I wonder if I could work with the police and have them pick up the *basta##rds* for possession of stolen goods. They obviously won't have a receipt.

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