Bikes Reported Stolen 2014

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Marko82
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@rolonj, where on the frame is the dent? Little things like dents, etc. sometimes really stand out and are easy to spot.


Marko82
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**Detectives wrote that Calabrese and her boyfriend, Richard DeSabetino, 33, “would locate and steal high end bikes” in “100 separate incidents” in Pittsburgh.**

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2014/08/27/Couple-involved-in-chase-are-bicycle-theft-suspects-police-say/stories/201408270064#ixzz3BbbsUIZ9

Wow! I wonder what evidence they have to support the 100 bikes figure? And where/who they sold them to. I can’t believe that any legit business would continually buy “high end” bikes from the same source without becoming suspicious of how they were getting them.


jonawebb
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I guess maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to trust Amy and not pick her up when they went by her house to arrest the first time.
Live and learn.


Drewbacca
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Amy is probably trustworthy… so long as she lays off the pills and white-powder. I wish the system did more to deal with addicts than to ship them off to jail where they just meet future romantic partners and drug-dealers. Obviously sending them back to jail doesn’t fix the problem, it just removes to criminals from the street for a couple years (and hopefully lands those kids in foster care so they have a chance of growing up to lead normal lives).

I think to some “business men” a legit business, is the business that stays in business. Cut underlying costs at any cost.

It still floors me how the criminal in question was a participant on this thread (and even accused me of being a potential bike thief, LOL).


mdb36
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My white 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.


rolonj
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@marko82 the dent was in the middle of the top tube of the frame. I think it was on the left side if you are sitting on the bike.


jonawebb
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@mdb36, post a picture here (use the tiny button above where you type) and I’ll add it to the Bikes Stolen Wiki.
See that page for some general advice on getting your bike back. You might try contacting Det. Mook to see if he’s located your bike.


sixfist
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My bike was found. The green Univega posted on August 20 was recovered by Pittsburgh’s police in zone 5, today. Missing some accessories and my bag, but the whole bike is still together! Thanks to anyone who kept a look out for me!


buffalo buffalo
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Another bike theft posted to Reddit this week: http://www.reddit.com/r/pittsburgh/comments/2es8e8/bike_stolen_from_the_strip/

2007 Trek 2.1, 60cm, black aerobars, speedplay pedals. Stolen during break-in of office building, 25th and Liberty in the Strip.


buffalo buffalo
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Swalfoort
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Someone on Craigslist is reporting having been offered the chance to buy an admittedly stolen Torker single speed recently. (on the south side.)

Photo of “seller” posted there.

Bike is not included in this list of stolen bikes, but I am posting here in case owner does check in……


DrHideous
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Thanks Buffalo Buffalo! I posted that on Reddit this morning and was about to post it here as well. Looks like you beat me to it. Is there anywhere else you’d suggest trying?


jimsap3
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My single speed motobecane was stolen off my back porch in east liberty last night. Its grey, says motobecane made in france on it. Has a blue v deep rear wheel and unwrapped bull horns.

The frame is similar


Drewbacca
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“Is there anywhere else you’d suggest trying?”

Answering in general, not just to your specific case…

Online: Here, Reddit, CL, and the bikingpgh wiki. Maybe the FB Pgh-bike-swap group (more a place to watch than to post, everyone who posts on there is legit, but the more eyes the merrier? That group helped crack the pawn shop on 51 case).

Offline: Let bike shops have a description, ideally a flyer in case anyone tries to sell it or have it repaired/inspected/parts-swapped. Any nearby pawn shops, swap meets, flea markets, etc. keep an eye out.


Nick
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Stolen last night from Friendship on Euclair Ave. Black Trek 8.3 DS. Police report filed. Contact nicksmarto@gmail.com with any info. Thanks!


pinky
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Posting for a friend.

Stolen last night (Thursday 9/4) from North Side T Station. Was cable locked to the bike rack in front of the station on W. General Robinson.

Black Trek Soho single speed – all black everything. Rusty cages on the pedals.

Most unique feature is that the rear wheel takes Presta valves; front takes Schraeder.

PM me if you see anything. Sorry, no pic right now.


ErinK
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Why would you not report your neighbor to the police if you suspect he’s selling stolen bikes? What about the one you bought?


DrHideous
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Erin, if I’m able to track down the owner and can confirm that the bike was stolen, then I will.

But as of right now I have zero proof, only suspicions. Even if I’m right, without evidence the police can’t do anything.


Steven
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The DA can’t do anything without evidence. The police, though, don’t need evidence to just show up at the guy’s door and ask some questions. Occasionally, this results in the guy leading the police on a wild chase that provides plenty of reasons to arrest him.

Even if the suspect doesn’t do something helpfully incriminating right in front of them, it at least it gives the police a chance to observe the guy’s manner, and perhaps notice that the guy works at a place next door to several bike thefts, for instance.

And it’s possible the police already know about this guy. Maybe he’s on probation for previous bike thefts. Your additional observations might be enough for them to do something more direct.


Drewbacca
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“Occasionally, this results in the guy leading the police on a wild chase that provides plenty of reasons to arrest him.”

LOL


EPN6
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Hi all,

Two bikes were stolen off my porch in Highland Park on Sheridan Ave last weekend.

1. A 1980’s Giant road bike, teal with rainbow splashed handle bar tape. Converted into a single speed, has some rust. Picture is included.

2. A mid-80’s early 90’s teal Nishiki mountain bike with a basket on the back. The front of the frame, near the headset, the name “Schwann” is labeled, as well as a sticker for the store it was bought from in Oberlin, OH on the seat tube.

ughhhhhh.


StuInMcCandless
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@pbeaves reported this on Facebook.

The text of his post: Is anyone missing a bike? The police apprehended a guy on this bike. Contact the Zone 1 office @ 412-323-7201.

ETA, also per Paul: The suspect was under arrest for theft and possesio. of stolen property, a bike cop asked me if i knew if anyone was missing a bike.
So it was not a profing.event
Vice has the guy cold for other criminal activities, i posted a pic at the request of the police.


buffalo buffalo
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[nevermind. maybe i should try reloading before posting a picture’s broken.]


jonawebb
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Appears to be a Takara Sugiyama fixie? Not a common bike.
http://www.amazon.com/Takara-Sugiyama-Flat-Fixie-Bike/dp/B0061NVB80


dustinlee
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Blue Rivendell Sam Hillborne, stolen from my stoop in Deutschtown on Lockhart Street on Sunday afternoon 07 September 2014. Kryptonite U-lock untouched, so one of the double top-tubes must have been cut. Head-badge area was painted blue, as opposed to typical cream. Nitto stem and bosco h-bars with cork grips. velocity rims with 38’s and cream fenders. police report filed.

contact: dustin 518.260.2216 or d.j.l@icloud.com


gg
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Wow, cutting a bike for parts? I guess we have a U-locked stolen bike, but damaged to say the least. Hoping I wouldn’t hear this, but figured it was going to happen at some point.


jonawebb
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@dustinlee, that makes me sick. The Sam Hillborne is a beautiful bike, and to cut it for parts disgusts me. I hope you get it back, and it’s in good enough shape for Rivendell to replace the cut tube.


RustyRed
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Jebus, a Rivendell? I hope they rot in hell.


Drewbacca
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Of course a u-lock isn’t going to be sufficient of the ass-hole thief is willing to destroy the frame in the process…

Consider me infuriated.


jonawebb
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This is why you need a U-lock. Look how easy it is to steal a bike with a cable lock.


ccorbran
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A few more to add to the list…

Some folks that rented bikes from Golden Triangle Bike Rental for the ProWalkProBike Conference had their rentals stolen from the Convention Center earlier today. Not only a giant headache, but a lousy depiction of PGH for visitors.

1. Trek 7.3FX : 22.5″

2. Trek 1.2 : 54cm

Direct any info to Tom at GTBR : 412.600.0675.

THANKS!


dustinlee
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Never loose hope! Thanks to the unstoppable crew over at Thick Bikes I brought the Sam home this evening. After only having serviced it once before, they recognized it, ripped the wheels off and had it clamped in a stand before calling the authorities and myself. Lots of damage, but no cut tubes! I’m doubting my sanity, perhaps the only possibility is that I simply didn’t include the bike within the u-lock as it closed. I refuse to believe there’s a universal kryptonite key out there.

The only downsides are the damage to be repaired, and the fact that I do not believe the dude that got caught with it was who stole it.

Lesson learned: make careful record and KEEP THAT SERIAL # SAFE. Also Thick be praised. Also maybe use two u-locks for two top tubes. :)


Drewbacca
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Glad you got it back. Pays to have a distinct and high-end ride.

No, locks aren’t universal but there is only a set number of keys, so perhaps the thief got lucky.

What makes you say it wasn’t the thief that took it to Thick? Bikes don’t tend to pass hands that quickly and I’m highly suspect of the person that dropped it off even if they aren’t the thief.


Eric
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Dumb question of the day — is this a rash of stolen bikes, or are we just more aware of the bikes being stolen? My guess is the former, but I wanted to make sure. I’m a regular bike commuter to Oakland, and in August Pitt Police posted notices on the bike racks about bikes being stolen in Oakland. Of course, the flyers were either taken down or fell down before the students, and all their bikes, returned.


Drewbacca
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I’m confident that there is a rash compared to past summers… but it might be evidence of more bikes on the road. So, yes… a rise, I think. Perhaps not as gloomy when looked at as a percentage of bikes on the road. I haven’t seen any numbers.

I think the fact that we had one known bike thief in this thread speaks for itself.


dustinlee
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Yes, distinct is key – it is surely an excellent side-effect of investment-cast lugs.

The thing is I had two unrelated neighbors who described a guy riding “too slowly” through the hood with a saw hanging out of his bag, long grey brown hair, angular jaw, scruffy – just a little while before it happened. This description is far from the guy who left the bike shop in cuffs.


Drewbacca
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well, there’s a reason that they call it a theft “ring.” Also adds a bit of plausible deniability if caught. I saw it a lot while I was in Chicago, where the actual thief wasn’t the one posting the bike on CL and when the seller is confronted they always claim to be the victim instead of part of a theft ring… until you have more than one person with a stolen bike interact with the same “victim” and the pieces fall together.

Innocent until proven guilty and all, until you are in the wrong place at the right time more than once. I’d love it if we had a secret underground bike theft prevention force that passed around pictures in case the same guy walks into another shop with a different bike…


gg
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Drewbacca, you really should refrain from speaking. No offense, but really, you have very little to offer those of that are actually out there riding and locking our bikes need to be heard.

Lock your bike as I told you do to do years ago. I saw all this coming and it is not going to get better in the future. Drewbacca, you should read more and write less. JMHO. Keep riding and protect yourselves against the drug folks looking to score $20-30 for their high.


Drewbacca
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Oh, look… a troll with a chip on his shoulder!

For every insult that you’ve thrown at someone on here, I’ve said something helpful. Thanks for your great advice though.

But really, if you have something that you want to say to me, there are private messages for that sort of thing; please don’t start flame wars in the middle of threads. This thread has already seen enough BS thanks to Amy C aka Angel. No one wants to read this crap, they want advice on getting their bikes back… a task I take quite seriously. In fact, I’ve spent considerable time to that end contacting people that have lost their bikes as well as contacting the authorities. What, may I ask have you done, beyond picking fights and insisting that everyone use a NY-Krypto U-lock?

My only problem with you is that you are constantly insulting people and apparently you took offense when I called you out on it recently. Your post above once again proves my point. I don’t know if you just have a bad attitude, or if you are drinking before you post on here, or what your problem is? Treat people with respect, and I’ll have no reason to call you out when you don’t.


bicycle heaven
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I had a friend call me tonight many of you know her as Mary she was at the Convention center today and lost her bike lock key so I had to cut her lock so she could get the bike back home but I must have to say it was 9 at night with a few people in the back ground it was easy to drive up cut her lock put it in my truck and leave with no one asking anything.

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