From: Lance H.
Sent: March 17, 2017
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Stolen Bike Found On Craigslist, Woman 'steals' her bike back from thief
A Vancouver woman apparently took matters into her own hands after a thief stole her two-wheeled treasure and tried to sell it online.
The woman, whose name has been redacted from media reports of the incident, realized her bike was stolen last Wednesday, according to Gawker.
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The next day, her friend found what appeared to be her bike being sold on Craigslist. The woman made plans to meet the seller in a McDonald’s parking lot. She explained what happened next in a post on Reddit:
"I asked the guy if I could take it for a ride around the parking lot. He was weary and said “yeah but don’t take off…” I said not to worry that I would even think of it! My heart was pounding and I had no idea what to do so I just got on the bike and was like f—k this guy and started to ride. As I was riding away, I called my friend who was driving to meet me as backup. I rode to the adjacent parking lot where she was pulling into as I was riding. We watched the guy start to look for me and he got super freaked out and he suddenly just took off running."
The woman got some flak on Facebook for not involving the police more thoroughly in her search. In her Reddit post, she said the police were unable or unwilling to jump into action once she found out the thief was selling her bike:
"Immediately I called the police again and told them the information I received from my friend. The lady told me that someone would call me back and it might not be today. THIS GUY IS SELLING MY BIKE RIGHT NOW!!! I am not missing this opportunity waiting for a call. So I jump into action."
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I wonder what if someone bought the stolen bike and sold it again because he suspected there's something wrong with the seller. Then it is her who literally stole the bike from the poor guy.
How about you go to the police and put it on record, then get the thief so he'll stop stealing for a moment.
I would rather tell the seller that it was mine but you may keep it even if he were the thief.
In the criminal justice system bike based offenses are considered especially heinous.
In New York City the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are member of an elite squad known as the special bike unit. These are their stories.
Maybe the person that stole it first, dumped the bike after riding it for awhile. And then, someone found it, and put it up for sale on Craigslist.
Dude probably bought it off some one who either robbed it or got it from the thieve so yeah bit dirty tactics.
Awesome! I would have done the same thing lol.
Plot twist: it was never her bike and the seller was a 12 year old orphan.