Trek Alpha 1000 Series Road-Bike



Letezia's Natural Cafe
2144 W Division St
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 12:30am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Red, White, Blue
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
This bike was purchased in 2001, so it has some milage on it. It is a small mirror attached to the left handle bar. The valve hole on the back wheel rim has been expanded by a drill to fit a larger size valve. The handlebar tape is red.

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?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Cable w/ Padlock
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?: 
Alley or side passageway.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
Overnight. 6 hours
Incident Description: 
I locked up the bike in an alley at the corner of Division and Hoyne. The alley was directly behind Letezia's Natural Cafe when it was taken.

Recovery Information

Recovery Notes: 
On November 20 2013, the victim wrote: Today marked a great victory against bike thieves. I was notified by two individuals on this page that that a bike was being sold which matched the description to a bike stolen from me in September (I had registered the bike with the stolen bike registry once it was stolen with my contact information). They called and emailed me about this sale, and I followed up with the individual selling the bike. After corresponding via Facebook I offered the individual $300 for what was my former bike, and planned to meet up with him at a gas station Monday afternoon (of course, a block from where the bike was stolen). My friend and I met the seller (a highschooler), explained the situation in a very calm and controlled manner, and posed the option of handing over the bike or having us follow up with the authorities... fortunately the chose the former of the two options I got my bike back and couldn't be happier. Thanks for all the work everyone puts into this... you're really making a difference!!
This bike was recovered: