in front of the grocery and liquor store next to Lugs bike shop
1154 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 6:59pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Single speed golden yellow bike called "The Londoner". Wooden back rack. brown leather seat and handlebar tape. Single front brake.

Owner Information

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

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
Lock Type: 
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to street sign.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid 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?: 
3 hours
Incident Description: 
Locked the bike to a street sign in a pinch because there were a lot of other bikes around. Many people were out on the street. Went into a space up the street to see a performance and when I came out the bike was gone. The screws at the bottom of the sign had been removed. A small kryptonite U-lock was around the front part of the frame; I don't believe it was broken, just slid off. It's a very distinctive bike (more pictures are here on the Lugs bike shop blog. http://lugschicago.blogspot.com/2010_07_01_archive.html). I feel terrible for not locking it more carefully. I really love this bike.

Recovery Information

Recovery Notes: 
Bike was stolen Saturday 8/27. Local shop owners collaborated to identify suspect and inform same that they were captured on security camera, and offered suspect opportunity to avoid arrest by returning bike. Suspected thief returned bike to liquor store on Sunday. Bike had some minor damage including broken badge and pump peg from apparently unsuccessful attempt to remove U-lock from frame. U-lock had various marks as if a variety of strategies had been attempted, including apparent attempt to drill out hole.
This bike was recovered: