Ruthpage Center for the Arts
1016 N DearbornChicago , IL
Date of Theft
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 5:00am
Basic Bike Info
White with black handlebars and silver metal fenders
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features:
good condition. Minor dents and bends in the rear and front fenders. Fenders are silver and encompass entire top half of rear wheel, and top/rear third of front wheel. Minor scrapes in paint on main body. New handlebar black tape.
Contact 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 front wheel and frame to 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?:
I was finishing up work at 5am, having had worked a 12+ hour day at the Ruthpage Center for the Arts at 1016 N Dearborn. I was in the lobby of the theatre when I heard a grinder outside. Thought at first it could be road work, but it seemed too early, and then realized my bike was outside. Ran out front door, saw a guy grinding off my lock with a battery powered grinder. He had removed my front wheel, which was still locked to the frame and bike rack. I yelled at him, told him I was calling the police, and he said, "Go ahead." I stood in the doorway and watched him grind out a chuck of the lock, put my wheel back on and ride off down an alley. My boss hopped in her car and went after him, but she never saw him after he had left. There was a guy in a silver Honda CRV driving by, looked like he was waiting for the guy to finish. http://i.imgur.com/7wn1K.jpg $80 lock defeated in 5 minutes.
On 11/17/2012 the victim wrote to say he spotted his bike on Craigslist and was planning to go try to get it back with police assistance. On 11/18 he wrote that the bike had already been sold but the buyer had then spotted it on the Chicago Stolen Bicycle Registry (serial number match) and called him. Caller did not ask for money but victim writes he "offered" and unknown amount and has his bike back. Seller description does not match thief description as per security stills.
This bike was recovered: