Trek Alpha 1.5



Riverside Plaza (Union Station)
120 S Riverside Plaza
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:34am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
New with fenders.

Owner Information

Contact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
Lock Type: 
Newer U-Lock w/ Flat Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through rear wheel and frame to object.

Incident Description

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?: 
Up to 8 hours.
Incident Description: 
My bike was stolen in broad daylight off of a bike rack in front of my office building. The thief cut through my u-lock with some type of saw or grinder. There are marks on the lock where you can see trenches cut by the blade.

Recovery Information

Recovery Notes: 
On Tuesday 8/30/2011 another victim went to a S. side flea market widely known to be a fencing point for stolen bicycles to look for his girlfriend's bike, but thoughtfully prepared to look for other victims' bikes in the process; he saw the Trek Alpha for sale, recognized it from this registry, and called the owner, who came down and called police. Police eventually helped return the bike although at first were insistent that the owner need proof of ownership in hand (he had come straight down from work.) Fortunately he was able to get the police report number from this listing. The vendor at which the bike was found claimed to have paid $250 for the Alpha. There was no consequence to the vendor other than the loss of whatever amount he had paid for it.
This bike was recovered: