Sunnyside & MaplewoodChicago , IL
Date of Theft
Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:15am
Basic Bike Info
Matte gray with light blue and white stripes/highlights
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features:
Set up as a single speed, 46x16. Red freehub body spacers. Stem Captain clock headset cap, the glass of which is cracked. One black downtube-mounted bottle cage. Tires at the time of theft were Vittoria Randonneur Cross 700x32's. Saddle at the time of theft was all-black stock Bontrager saddle and seatpost. Pedals: black Shimano A530 (one side platform, one side clip-in). Front and rear Knog Blinder lights (gray front, blue rear). SKS Xtra Dry rear clip-on fender. Black "Drunkcyclist.com" sticker on the downtube. Originally purchased from On The Route Bicycles, there should be a sticker on the downtube. Black Giro Saros helmet was on the handlebars.
Contact information hidden by Chicago Stolen Bike Registry. Contact the CSBR staff to contact the owner.
How was the lock defeated?:
What was the bike locked to?:
Bike not locked.
How was the bike locked?:
Which type of area was your bike stolen from?:
Porch or yard.
How long was the bike locked in this location?:
The bike was on my first-floor back deck overnight, which is completely hidden from the street or alley. Bike was last seen about 10PM, 8/7. The helmet was on the handlebars (black Giro Saros), as well as an old, clear 20 oz. water bottle from Mountain Road Cycles bike shop. There is also a white sticker on the bottle. Bike was not locked. My neighbor's bike was also stolen. Someone must have jumped the fence/gate into our backyard, walked up on the deck and simply lifted them.
On 10/13/14, the former victim recovered the bike and sent the CSBR this email: Yesterday, an individual texted me with a screenshot from a Facebook post on the Chicago bike selling page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/244863329005063/ He said he ran in through the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry and saw my post. That's where he found my number. I went on Facebook and found the post, then messaged the seller that I was interested. Simple as that. I never let on it was my bike, although I had the serial number in front of me. We arranged to meet at the Dunkin donuts at Devon and Kedzie. I arrived 15 mins early, called 911 and we set up the meeting. I pulled into the Dunkin, and he was there. I asked to see the frame and sure enough my serial was etched in the BB. 3 squad cars rolled in seconds behind me. Confirmed serial with police report. They arrested him. He was 19, so it will be a felony theft charge. I have a November court date. If it wasn't for your registry, none of this would've gone down. Thanks again.
This bike was recovered: