Riverside Plaza (Union Station)
120 S Riverside PlazaChicago , IL
Date of Theft
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 5:34am
Basic Bike Info
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features:
New with fenders.
Owner InformationContact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.
How was the lock defeated?:
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
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.
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.
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.
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: