My wife’s bike was stolen yesterday from outside the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Duquesne University’s campus, at the corner of Forbes and McAnulty. It’s a very distinctive-looking bike – a Specialized Sirrus, 26″ hybrid, 24-speed, bright blue with yellow lettering, a water bottle holder on the seat post, and a bag rack on the back wheel.
Anyone with information should contact the Duquesne University Police at (412) 396-2677, and/or Bike Pittsburgh.
Update: HAPPY ENDING! Her bike has been found and recovered. A secondhand shop owner posted the bike on eBay and fully cooperated with authorities in returning the bike and providing information on the individual who sold it in the first place. Thank you to everyone who helped get the word out!
That is AWESOME news! I was just reading a story this morning about a bike stolen from a woman and the thief posted it on Craigslist 4.5 months later.
She promptly arranged a meeting and ‘stole’ it back.
Did you have to provide serial numbers and documentation?
I had the wheels and tires stolen off my car, and when I asked Pittsburgh Police to help me recover them after I spotted them in E. Liberty, they told me to take a hike if I didn’t have 100% documented proof they were mine. I mean…who really records serial numbers off wheels and tires?
^I have a picture of my bike (taken at my house), and a picture of the serial# – that I keep in my phone just in case. It would be interesting to here someone try to explain how “their” bike was at my house….
You can also do things like put your name and address inside the handlebars next time you retape, or down the seat tube. But just taking a few moments to turn your bike up and write down the serial number from the bottom bracket is all you really need to settle the argument in the eyes of the police. (Hey, I just thought of a way to appropriate somebody’s bike.)
jonawebb wrote:(Hey, I just thought of a way to appropriate somebody’s bike.)
Yeah, funny how that works. I decided a while ago that it was a bad idea to share evidence of my serial no. such as a photo online.
The best method is to have documentation from the bike shop at the time of purchase, with the serial clearly printed on the receipt. Obviously, this doesn’t happen enough. Then, you’re lucky if the original owner includes the paper work when the bike is later sold used. A pink card, of sorts, would certainly be helpful.
I have a random collection of bottom bracket photos of friends/family bikes, just in case.