Century Shopping Center
2828 North Clark StreetChicago , IL
Date of Theft
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:30am
Basic Bike Info
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features:
The left shift lever was broken so the front derailleur was not working. Other than that it was recently tuned up and in good riding condition.
Contact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.
How was the lock defeated?:
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Cable w/ Padlock
What was the bike locked to?:
Locked to bike rack.
How was the bike locked?:
Locked through both wheels and frame to object.
Which type of area was your bike stolen from?:
Sidewalk in front of an open business.
How long was the bike locked in this location?:
1 - 2 hours
I am pretty sure they saw a decent bike, such as mine and they stole it. I think that it was likely stolen because I had lost my u-lock and was using a cable w/ a padlock, which I am told isn't as good as a u-lock. I am kind of surprised because it was stolen on a busy street with lots of people walking around, but apparently that made no difference to the thief.
On 7/4/2011 the victim writes: I was searching through craigslist.org and found a listing for a bike that seemed like it was mine. It was the right year, model, size and even had the same issue with the front derailleur mine had. I figured what the hell and I texted the guy about it. I set up the meeting under the guise of buying it from him with the intention of confirming it was my stolen bike, and getting it back if it was. I was lucky because I had held onto the receipt for the original purchase. I brought both the receipt and a copy of the police report with me to the meeting. He showed up, I took a look at it, compared the serial number and told him it was my stolen bike. We called the cops, they came out and I explained the story to them. The cop compared the serial number on the bike to number on the receipt. He said, "it's your bike, so you get to take it" and that he would fill out a supplemental report declaring it was recovered. The cop explained that without the receipt, or something with the serial number on it, I would have been screwed. The guy selling the bike was actually really cool about it. I explained that I assumed he wasn't the guy who stole it and that it probably went through any number of people before he got it. I told him I was sorry to have brought him out here under false pretenses, but that I did so because I had no idea if he was the thief or just some unlucky guy who bought a stolen bike. He told me he was glad I got my bike back and that there were no hard feelings. So I got my bike back by shear luck. It was a 1 in million shot, but it paid off. Moral of the story, always keep your receipts.
This bike was recovered: