Surly Cross Check



In a locked private garage.
Belmont and Racine
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 3:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
In good condition grey cyclocross bike with white Surly decals. Black 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?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Bike not locked.
How was the bike locked?: 
Not locked.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Garage or enclosed parking area.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
2 days
Incident Description: 
My bike was in a locked private garage. I think that the garage door kicked back open after a car left and someone walked in and took it.

Recovery Information

Recovery Notes: 
On 11/7/14, the CSBR received the following email from the former victim: I got a phone call out of the blue with the person asking if I was the owner of a stolen Cross Check. He had been looking for a used bike on craigslist and found mine listed. He called to get more information, thought it sounded fishy, and searched your database for the serial number (which was listed with the ad). My post came up and he contacted me saying the bike was at a pawn shop in the suburbs. I called the Chicago Police and gave them the information including police report number, how I was made aware of the listing, and how I knew it was mine. They talked to the pawn shop, placed a hold on the bike, and picked it up for me the next week. I don't know many details but it sounds like the bike had been bought/sold at more than one pawn shop around Chicago over the past two years. I'm so happy to have it back, I never expected to hear of it again, especially after so long! I never would have recovered the bike if it wasn't for the database you guys maintain. Thank you so much!
This bike was recovered: