Bikes Reported Stolen 2014

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citywatcher
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Why not guests of honor at Bike Fest this weekend?


stefb
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There are some stupid, shitty people out there. There are great people out there.

I believe they were serving “Angel” with a warrant. Does that mean that they don’t take people immediately? Idk. I was confused about the interviews with the news also.

Thanks to all of you who helped figure this whole thing out.


bicycle heaven
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Police called to Bicycle Heaven by Bicycle Heaven today and the guy was put in jail for wanting to sell stolen bikes,If you bring stolen bikes to Bicycle Heaven i will call the police,,,done deal,,,,,,


jonawebb
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I think they’re not locking up Angel/Amy right away because comedy. The quote in the paper the other day was great: “My story is now true. Richie will beat you up, he’ll knife you, but he won’t shoot a gun.” Maybe he can learn that this time in jail!


Drewbacca
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He’s a good guy though, unless you cross him, in which case he’ll knife you. LOL

Maybe the cops let her off since she has a big rack? Or perhaps because her uncle is the head of the BS dept of the Pgh police?

In other news…
Nice write up quoting a few participants in this thread http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6583296-74/bike-police-stolen#axzz39xXImxRu


Drewbacca
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The more I read, the better it gets…

“Theft and receiving stolen property charges stemming from a July 2012 incident in Lower Burrell are pending against Calabrese. She has a criminal history of mostly deception-related crimes in Allegheny County dating to 2001.”

“Amy Calabrese knew the Baldwin police officer who came to her door Wednesday afternoon to arrest her on charges relating to a stolen bicycle.

He’d arrested her before, she said, and the two had a rapport. He trusted her not to run and she trusted him to give her a few moments to make arrangements for her two young children, including one with a heart condition.”

She’s a real piece of work, our “angel.” I guess the number of children and the fact that one has medical issues are at least truthful even if nothing else has been… I feel bad for these children, I doubt that they will turn out much better than their mom. I really hope someone gets these kids away from her.

This thread has gone in a much different direction than intended, but I suppose it is a useful sidetrack… know your bike thieves?

So this guy, Richard, only has a 6th grade education and has a criminal record covering his entire adult life. He’s as likely to steal a car as a bicycle. Sad…


citywatcher
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StuInMcCandless
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I’m a bit taken aback by this one police officer’s remark:

Morosetti cautioned bicyclists against leaving bikes on porches or in obvious locations. He said even sturdy U-locks don’t deter thieves. “Even the really strong ones, they can use a grinding tool; they can grind that off in a second,” Morosetti said.

In a second? Really? Yes, that’s true for a cable lock. We saw that on the video of @citywatcher‘s bike being stolen. But a U-lock? Aside from angel’s one allegation, I have not heard of anyone defeating a decent U-lock without a couple of minutes of grinding.


erok
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Looks like Richard is facing 15 charges, including three counts of aggravated assault, five counts of reckless endangerment, theft, robbery, driving without a license and trying to evade arrest.

wildest quote goes to his mom:

Ms. Sizemore said she was shocked to hear the extent of her son’s actions to evade the police — an episode that spanned more than 45 minutes. It involved two carjackings and landed at least two people in the hospital.

“He’s been in police chases before and he’s hit police with cars and everything, but carrying it to this extreme, this was unexpected,” Ms. Sizemore said. “At the end of the day Richard is still a son and a brother and he has a family that loves him.”

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/south/2014/08/09/Car-chase-suspect-hit-with-15-charges/stories/201408100186


bicycle heaven
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I wonder what happened to the guy they took away yesterday to the klink,i know we got him for two bikes and a link to another two.


jonawebb
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http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6577693-74/desabetino-police-calabrese#axzz3A13YFjKi
Explains why they haven’t taken Angel/Amy into custody; she’s cooperating. Also, Angel explaining why she believed Richie when he said his arrest warrant had been cleared: “He’s my boyfriend, why wouldn’t I?”
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6585181-74/desabetino-vehicle-police#axzz3A13YFjKi
More on the chase, also, the guy who’s truck Desabetino stole: “Honestly, I didn’t see a gun,” Thome said. “The cops tried to calm me down, and I said: ‘Dude, he stole my truck. I loved that truck. Give me a Jack Daniels and I’ll calm down.’ ”


edmonds59
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This is awesome. This is a Coen brothers movie just waiting to be made.


jonawebb
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I want Jeff Bridges to play me!


bicycle heaven
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Sounds like a new Pittsburgh country song – he stole my truck,i love my truck I need a shot of Jack,i ain”t seen no gun and nat


jonawebb
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More on bike thefts, Bike Pgh, Bicycle Heaven, and Desabetino:
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6583296-74/bike-police-stolen
The story says that several bikes have been recovered. If people are getting their bikes back, and they are listed on the Bikes Reported Stolen page, please let us know. I’d like to remove the bikes that have been recovered from the page, and people get a kick out of hearing that a bike was recovered.


quasifandango
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I was referred here from the Pittsburgh subreddit. My bike was stolen some time between Aug 13 night and Aug 14 afternoon. It was taken from outside my apartment in Squirrel Hill.

It’s a blue GT Outpost. There are some scratches/scuffs on the top part of the frame. The seat was replaced with a padded seat.

I don’t have a serial number.


jonawebb
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Do you have a photo? That really helps. If you don’t have a photo of your own bike find one of the same model online. You can post it here by clicking on the tiny picture button above the text window.


bradpitt93
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I’m still looking; going to the police station on center today to see if they recovered one of my bikes, a woman’s Specialized Rockhopper (Black). I’m looking for an orange and white Jamis Novapro with blue handle wraps and commuter pedals.


bradpitt93
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Hey Gang, quick bit of happy news! Thanks to the hard work of Scott and BikePGH, the members of the forum for creating awareness, and especially the work of Detective Mook from Zone 2 I got my Rock hopper back today. Good news as well since it’s clear the guy took the good racing seat off my Jamis and put it on the MTB. Going to check the logs/records at Quick Cash and Bicycle Heaven to at least see if they were pawned/sold there.

Unlikely to recover the Jamis at this point from whomever may have purchased it, but happy to know this clown is in jail and going to be there for a long time.

Happy to help anyone else who might still be looking!


sarahdamigh
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Would you guys recommend calling or stopping by the police station to see if my bike was recovered? Is there a specific phone number you guys have where we can ask about specific bikes? Thanks.


jonawebb
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If there is a number people should call, please post it here. I’ll add it to the Wiki. I would start by calling the police and working through the system until I reached the right person.


bradpitt93
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If you are in Zone 2 call Detective John Mook at 412.255.2827. He has two more bikes (a cannondale and another) left in holding.


quasifandango
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I posted yesterday about my bike taken from my apartment in Sq Hill. I don’t have a photo of my bike, but here is one I found online. It looks just like this, but I believe mine may be a bit bigger.


alilesperance
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Bike stolen from inside my apartment building in Shadyside. This is the second time someone has come into my home and taken one of my bikes. Maroon GT Tequesta with straps on the pedals and an orange band on the right side of the handlebars (easily removeable). Stolen between 9 pm Sunday Aug 17 and 3 pm Monday Aug 18.

You can contact me via cell at 585-760-9604. Thank you!!


bicycle heaven
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Got in a Gary Fisher bike in today guy seemed a bit shaky but he had photo I.D.someone asked me about a few bikes with that brand name so I will post that I have a maroon / silver one with front suspension ,,,,anyone looking for it call me


sixfist
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Stolen today, Wednesday, August 30, in the afternoon, around 2:30pm. Stolen from in front of the Homewood library.

Neon Green, Univega, Activa, hybrid style bike; single speed with an origin 8 flip-flop hub (no track cog); black, flat bars; black, Racktime rear bike rack; takara branded tattered seat on black seat stem
It also had large, dark (and dirty) tan panier on it with my lunch in it and a couple bike tools.
Also on the bike a Gyro helmet, black. And a rechargeable, rear blinky light. And a cheap blue flashlight rubberbanded to the handlebars.

I’ll try to get a picture up here later.

Contact me at jon.edge@gmail.com.


sixfist
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Here’s a pic of my stolen univega mentioned just above.


ErinK
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Speaking of serial numbers – a buddy of mine just bought a bike from Performance and the serial number on the receipt didn’t match the bike they gave him. He made them fix it before he left the shop, but it’s totally possible for that to happen. I’m going to go check and document mine off my bikes right now. And maybe create some more identifying marks. :)


mdb36
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My Cervelo R3 was stolen on August 20 between 6 and 9 pm near the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers building near the train tracks and trail at 10 S 19th st. Any advice or suggestions on how to recover the bike would be appreciated. There is a reward.


wdormann
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My bike was stolen from Liberty and Mathilda in Bloomfield today (August 24) at around 7PM.


jonawebb
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What make and model is that?


wdormann
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Oh yeah, I guess I should have included details. It’s a Cannondale Quick 5. Jumbo frame size.


gg
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Hope U-locks are enough. My bike sits there with a NYC U-Lock on it. Are some of these bikes locked with a U-lock? I can’t get over the amount of bikes stolen. Glad I listened to my gut and got a good lock way back when I saw all this starting, but maybe there will be a day a U-lock isn’t going to do it? Don’t know what level Pittsburgh is at this time.


jonawebb
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So far as we can tell, a U-lock is enough. I think about one bike was stolen that had been locked with a U-lock, but it was a combination lock that might have been defeated somehow. There’s no evidence that anyone’s going around cutting shackles etc.


Drewbacca
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The only reported defeated u-lock that I recall, was that bike thief Angel’s lies about her ‘friend’s’ stolen bike. (was that one stolen off of someone’s porch also a u-lock?).

I think a u-lock is sufficient. Maybe use two if you have a regular spot in a garage somewhere. Even a u-lock isn’t going to cut it (pun, not intended) if a bike is left out on a porch all night (although a camera and light may help?).

Too many thefts. Keep watching CL and those pawnshops. Thanks again @Jon for keeping the list up to date for quick smart phone reference when I’m out and about.


dfiler
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I was at Bicycle Heaven this weekend as was pleased to see a sign prominently posted on the door. It said they will not by a bicycle from you unless you have an ID.

Thank you Bicycle Heaven!

I’m starting to think that every pawn shop should be required to do the same.


jonawebb
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@dfiler they are. That’s how they caught Angel/Amy/Richard DeSabetino.
Oh, BTW, just ran across this:
Joseph Thome, 61, of Bethel Park is finally coming to grips with what happened to him Wednesday afternoon when he was driving home from work.

Thome said he told him, “You killed my truck.”
His HHR was badly damaged; it even sustained two bullet holes when police fired several rounds as DeSabetino was fleeing through several South Hills communities.
Thome said his SUV was a big part of his life, and as far as DeSabetino was concerned, he said “I hope he rots in hell for killing my buggy.”
“You know, they say guys fall in love with their vehicles, I guess it’s true,” added Thome. “I don’t know if it can be replaced.”

Also, there’s this; seems our Angel isn’t exactly the best person for a felon to be sharing a child with.


dfiler
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Oh yeah, DeSabetino. A co-worker lives in the south hills and was in a car accident with DeSabetino last year in what the co-worker describes as a hit and run.

The story goes like this: DeSabetino was turning onto a main road from a side street and did not stop. The main road did not have a stop sign. The two collided, setting off my coworker’s airbags and totaling his car. DeSabetino continued driving but was headed off by a cop coming the opposite direction further down the road. There was steam or smoke coming from his obviously crashed car and the cop blocked the road to investigate the DeSabetino’s car. DeSabetino said he was looking for a safe place to stop. Meanwhile my co-worker was back at the crash site being helped by other motorists to find his glasses that the airbag had smashed. DeSabetino was driving his girlfriend’s car.

Wow, it is a small world.


Drewbacca
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Small world… or a small handful of bad nuggets just know how to get around.

Amy Calabrese is a piece of work. We first discovered her name after doing a search of her username on here which brought up her plenty-of-fish profile which I posted on facebook. Someone on facebook recognized her as a former classmate and gave us a name before the police even went public with it in connection to that route51 pawn shop. I searched her name, before the recent DeSabetino chase/arrest and her last boyfriend (Jonathan Deanes… two years ago) was the first result to pop up when he was arrested by Federal Marshalls and a SWAT team. She keeps great company. My favorite quote from the assortment of stories about Amy was the one where the cop acknowledged that he was quite familiar with her from previous arrests.

Sometimes I’m of the opinion that the prison system doesn’t rehabilitate these criminals. At the same time, I’m not sure that they can be rehabilitated at all… they are career criminals and part of some obscure sub-culture. I’m starting to lean more and more towards just locking them up and forgetting about them (and preventing them from reproducing and raising screwed up children). There are only so many career criminals, and they just keeping doing the only thing that they know how to do.

That would be, to be a criminal (and blame everyone but themselves when they get caught/punished). It’s a different discussion though. I’m not really sure if they can be “fixed” or not. I’m certainly not surprised when I see their names come up elsewhere, not anymore.


rolonj
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My bike was stolen from outside my apartment in Bloomfield.

Giant brand, black, step-through. There is an ‘I heart my bike’ bell, front and back lights, tear in the seat, and a transit rack. There is also a dent in the frame.

See picture of me and the bike below.

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