1711 Winchester AveChicago , IL
Date of Theft
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 8:00pm
Basic Bike Info
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features:
New Trek bicycle, tan tires, single speed. Tan and brown frame with seafoam green and orange stripes. Brown drop handlebars & brown Bontrager saddle, a green ATA sticker on the top tube, brown chain guard.
Contact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.
How was the lock defeated?:
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
What was the bike locked to?:
Locked to street sign.
How was the bike locked?:
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
Which type of area was your bike stolen from?:
Front of building in residential area.
How long was the bike locked in this location?:
about six hours
My bike and another bike were locked with newer U-locks with flat keys to a street sign outside of a residential building. At midnight, when we went to bed, the bikes were still there. Although our windows were open all night, we didn't hear any noise from the sign being removed, but in the morning (at the latest 6:45am) there was a huge hole, broken concrete, and no sign of the bikes or the street sign.
Update 6/2/2011: The victim found a note from a neighbor. The neighbor had come upon the thief as he succeeded in working the sign out of the ground. The neighbor put the bikes and sign and storage. The bikes are back in possession of the "victims." The complete account as communicated to CSBR follows: My bike (the Trek 2nd District) and my boyfriend's bike (the black Bowery Giant listed two above) weren't actually stolen after all! My neighbor caught someone in the process of stealing them at 3:30am last night - the sign was bent and nearly out of the ground, and his dog chased away a white stocky guy in his 30s-40s down the street. He flagged down some cops nearby, but no word on whether the perpetrator was caught. Strangely, we received no mention of this incident when WE called the cops.
This bike was recovered: