Bikes Reported Stolen 2015
Stolen? Well the rear wheel is. Abandoned? Possibly, or left behind in frustration at First United Methodist near Centre and Aiken. It’s been sitting there for weeks without a wheel. It had one when I first saw it.
My silver Specialized Crossroads bike was just stolen (sometime between 8 am and 2 pm) from my porch in Point Breeze North… First ever bike actually, purchased originally from Free Ride 2 weeks ago. It was still being fixed up, brakes grind on the rims, etc. It has been reported to the police. Any advice or tips for getting it back can go to kimp . info @ gmail . com
Here’s the rest of WPE’s shady inventory as of 8 days ago:
Great news glad you got your bike,,,What we do at Bicycle Heaven is fill out a spread sheet of what bikes we get in,we get the sellers I.D. I put down the time and date type of bike and what we paid for it and other info. I have them stand in a place that is all on video .Next step is every few days we turn that info to the Pawn police and we keep that same info in a dated log book,Now if you do that by law we are the new owners of the bike .I think most know I go out of my way to find bikes for people, I even have bought bikes from the thieves knowing it was stolen bike as i found that info about the bikes on Bike Pittsburgh and other places.Some of the thieves have been put in jail because of our help.The owner gets the bike back and many times my lose on money and time. I just feel that’s the best thing to do even if its months down the road.Now the bad news is i was told not to buy bikes from thieves to have them arrested witch i have done many times before just go by the book as they say.So i will not buy bikes to bust people any more and it was a risk i took and lots of work and bull shit to go with it. I will buy used bikes by law and i will do my best to find the owners of the bikes if they happen to be hot bikes even months down the road so don’t worry. Now if this shop that had the hot bike and did the steps i was telling you about, by law they are the owner of the bike and dont have to turn it over the owner,,but for myself i think its just best to let them get the bike back home.
I don’t check this thread every day, but wow, great work, everyone.
But what worries me is that someone unbolted an entire bike rack?
Giant Yukon MTB, 26″, light weisght – $40
This bike is on CL. Note the shopped out pole. Something does not look right here. I tried to buy this bike after mine got stolen 3 or so weeks ago, but the guy was always too busy. Look at all the pics.
Does anyone know on this last stolen bike that was found did the buyer have info on the seller ? We had someone try to scam us a few weeks back on a used bike we got in.I listed info about the bike I bought and this guy came in took some photos of it he then had his brother call us and said it was his bike.It was not his bike and knew nothing about it so on and so on,,it was a scam and I almost went for it.If you list a stolen bike don’t put to much info about it in your post and f the best thing you can to do is to carve your name and tell number lets say on the seat post that is hidden in the frame and have a quality lock. Bike . G.P.S HIDDEN CHIP TO TRACK DOWN BIKES ?
I would suggest writing your name & id on a piece of paper and sticking it down the seat tube, also the handlebars. You could shove in your business card, if you have one. And of course, of course, record the serial number.
And there are GPS devices to track stolen bikes. E.g.,
I will look into selling them,,,,i wonder if anyone ever got a bike back and I don’t know anyone who ever bought one but sounds like a great thing here ,,why not right ?
Location: Shadyside (Cathedral Mansions)
Bike: White/silver Trek FX, I forget the exact model
I’ll be stalking craigslist for the next month I guess :'(
@BH. I really appreciate your continued efforts at helping catch these thieves and returning bikes to their rightful owners.
But I think you are mistaken in your above assertion of who “owns” a stolen bike that has been resold. And while I know you try to treat people fairly, not all shops will be so above board so I think it’s important to know what the rules are in case someone finds their stolen bike and then is being hassled by the store.
I looked around online (you should double check with a lawyer as IANAL) and stolen property is retained by the original owner, not the shop/person who unwittingly bought the stolen property. The shop would then have to go after the thief in court for reimbursement.
Here’s the best/simplest discussion I found about a small business
Here’s the relevant PA statues:
PA chapter 39 ( THEFT AND RELATED OFFENSES) http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=18&div=0&chpt=39
PA chapter 61.8 (Pawnbrokers License Ac) http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/010/chapter61/s61.8.html
Again, I am not a lawyer, so if what I’ve posted is wrong please post a clarifying reference.
No matter what I give bikes back to the owners I think its just good business and I feel good about doing that,but the reason the Pawn law is made up the way it is so the Pawn shops are not at a lose and keeps them to keep good records and get I.D from the seller.So if a bike is found to be stolen its up to the police / owner of the bike to go after the seller of the bike to the Pawn shop,,,so the seller to the Pawn shop is liable to pay the lose of the bike,,,,,,,,,,,,
From the Nextdoor Squirrel Hill mailing list:
A neighbor of our shop had her bike stolen (which she got at Free Ride). Let’s lend a hand and keep our eyes out for it.
Here are details:
Specialized Crossroads (2002?), Silver, matches attached picture, #02439 in free ride database
– stolen from 100 block of N. Homewood Ave in Point Breeze North
– purchased 10 days ago from Free Ride ($70), still being fixed up
– slightly curved top bar, suspension seat that came with a cable locking the seat to the frame
– has a large hole/opening in stem attaching the frame to the handlebars that I haven’t plugged yet
– brakes/wheels need adjustment — when attached, the brakes grind against the rims even without the handles being squeezed
– recently cleaned and very tight chain, more wear on the cassette
– no kickstand
– specs likely match much of the original listed on specialized’s site: http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/archive/2002/02crossroads/02crossroads#specs
(Also on the Bikes Reported Stolen page on the Wiki)
Contact mike.e.cornell (mike.e.cornell (at) gmail.com)
That’s great info Marko82 I will go over it again with the head Pawn police that I deal with,i don’t think anyone knows. A bike we got in a few weeks back I posted about thinking it was hot someone tried to scam me saying it was his but knew nothing about it no ss number things like that ,His brother came in the day before took photos of it and gave him the info about the bike but was wrong about most of it anyways,,i had him on video doing that,,that same punk stole from us before and I had to kick him out of the shop but still had the balls to come back , the pawn police said don’t turn it over to him so I did not and still have it.That one law you posted is a big reason I will not go out of my way to buy what I know is a stolen bike thinking how great it is to get the bike to the real owner,,i just lost to much money doing it lol,,yes they thank me for it someone goes to jail and my time in court . Most of the people I helped out did not even give me a penny lol soooo its a big lose and wasted time .No more for me if a bike comes in that I know is stolen I just turn them away,,i just thought I was doing something great and even the police told me not to do it,,,so that’s what you get trying to bust a few punks,I will still keep a good eye out on bikes for you but I am not buying them anymore unless everyone wants to put out money for me to buy them lol lol,,that will not happen,,,i tried my friends,,, the Bicycle Heaven TO ROUND UP THE THIEVES PROJECT IS OVER ,,, bicycleheaven.org
@BH, I agree that the shops are in a somewhat precarious position. Obviously you don’t want to buy a stolen bike, but you also need to buy bikes as part of your business. And in order to make a decent profit you need to pay as little as possible for something -new or used- but thieves really don’t care what they get paid, as long as they get something. So there can be a real moral conflict with what to buy or not buy. The system is skewed toward the unscrupulous.
Again, I applaud your efforts of getting identification and video of your transactions, it has helped many people get their bikes back and has resulted in several arrests; but you are right that this effort does nothing to compensate you for your time and money spent.
In the end the system isn’t fair to either the original owner of the bike or the duped business owner who was trying to do the right thing. You are both victims.
Thanks Marko82,,,,you would think the police would set up a sting 0,,,it would be easy I would think,, bait bike I thought of doing that myself but was easy just to video a theft at our shop. I am looking for tracking eq for bikes,,i don’t know if people would pay for one
They’ve set up stings in other cities. Maybe this should go on another thread. But for example, http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/03/battling_bike_theft_take_2_gps.html
Oh, and some places they’ve got stickers that warn thieves about the sting operation, so that they don’t know if a given bike is a bait bike or not. http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2015/02/02/safe-bikes-claims-20-percent-decline-in-bike-thefts-in-2014
I’m happy to report that I’ve been very lucky and gotten my bike back! It did turn up at Wolfpack Electronics. Many thanks to those who got the word out to help me find it, including Free Ride (the above post about the Specialized Crossroads is also referencing my bike). I will keep it more secure in the future!
Out of curiosity: how does Wolfpack feel about returning (received) stolen goods?
My bike got stolen last night on s millvale ave. A black se draft with gold origin 8 bullhorn bars, an all-city saddle, bell on the bars and a spoke card with the number 28 on it.
gonna upload a pic later. Need this back since i use it for work. Figures the one time i dont lock it up for 2 minutes it gets stolen. Damn.
I just stopped by Thick on Saturday, and they were telling me that they heard at least one account of a street sign bolt being cut, the sign pulled, and the bike with lock slid off and stolen. Once they get it back to their place, they grind off the lock. So, looks like we’re dealing with next level !@#$ here.
Two at once! My second bike and a child’s bike were cable-locked to a Three Rivers rack at Forbes and Grant. They were there at 6 p.m. Wednesday and gone by 10 a.m. this morning. I called 911 but as of yet have not filed an official police report.
Second bike is a white Huffy with a step-thru frame and a separate ($30) bar that lets me mount the bike to my car’s bike rack. I’ve used the Huffy as a backup for a couple of years, and rode in a few days ago.
The child’s bike I just picked up off a trash pile last week, rode it to West View on Wednesday and then bused it downtown, expecting to take it to Free Ride. Between working from home Thursday and off Friday, that plan fell through, but I was a bit surprised to see them both gone, along with the lock, when I tied up there this morning.
Tweet photo of the bikes, exactly where I left them.
Yep, that's 3 of my bikes tied to 1 rack downtown. pic.twitter.com/rMGMkvEnYL
— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) June 30, 2015
Better pair of photos of the Huffy.
Two tag pick-ups! One is a closed saloon on Eckert St under PA65. The other is at Cardello Bldg, 1501 Reedsdale St pic.twitter.com/ttRQCnD0uI
— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) June 18, 2015
My Redline was not taken. It was home.
I added the Huffy to the Bikes Stolen page. I’m assuming you’re not too worried about the child’s bike you were going to take to Free Ride.
It’s more irritating than anything else. While the bike did not cost me anything, I had $100 worth of things attached to it, tires only last year, and a good bit of sweat equity invested in keeping it running. It also has a history, as it only had one owner prior to me, who’d had it since childhood, and I kept her apprised of its occasional appearance where she might run across it.
There’s a chance the pair was removed, thinking them abandoned, as the Huffy had been there for a couple of weeks. But I moved it around from rack to rack every couple of days. The actual rack it was taken from was the one closest to the building and Grant St, not where the photo above shows them.
I can’t imagine anyone wanting the Huffy. More likely they saw the kid’s bike, a rather recent Mongoose with a suspension. I think I have a picture at home on the iPad. True, I have no ties to that, and if it finds a good home out of all of this, fine. It would be in a landfill already if not for me.
@stu, If those are the racks on Forbes near Grant, they were empty on Saturday evening when I went by. I had to wait there for some other cyclists who didn’t make the light and I distinctly remember there were no bikes locked to any of those racks. (I was contemplating why they put the racks so close together and was thinking an additional foot or two would make them easier to lock to).
I was actually downtown on Friday morning briefly, and got as close as the corner of Fifth and Grant. I was wearing one of the few pairs of pants that don’t have a grease stain on the cuffs, and didn’t have my velcro pant-cuff holders, so didn’t bother trying to get the Huffy home. Probably should have.
Oh well. Also, I let the original owner know about her old bike’s disappearance, so there are a couple sets of eyes looking for it.
Looking at several signposts near my place, I noticed that it is surprisingly easy to do what @scott described. A bike locked only through the frame to a signpost can be easy stolen and ridden. If you absolutely need to lock the bike to signpost, make sure the u-lock goes through the rear wheel, too. At least that way they’ll have to carry the bike in a more conspicuous manner
My bike disappeared from Schenley Plaza July 5. I left it overnight (I know I shouldn’t have) and I only had a chain lock (it was through the frame and front wheel to the bike rack).
It’s a hybrid Scott men’s bike. The frame is green in front, and purple in the back.
Here’s a picture of the kind of bike:
I am convinced that anything short of a $25-30 U-lock is the same as not having a lock on it at all.
Yesterday…my freaking birthday, I had my bike stolen from my yard on Carver St. in Larimer.
It is a charcoal black 2015 Specialized Crosstrail Disc, and is also my life. I got distracted for 5 minutes and went inside the house…and boom…gone. It has been reported to the police, but I appreciate it if anyone has any info or sees it around. Thank you!
my email is
Hello! I had my bike stolen on Sunday, July 5th from PNC Park. I have a video from PNC Park of my bike being stolen, but unfortunately, the only shot they got of the person stealing the bike was a tall man wearing a gray hoodie. I had just bought the bike used from a car dealership (the original owner) on 51 and don’t really have much information about it.
It is a red Diamondback bike with black accents. The only unique identifiers I have is that it has an unusual water bottle drink holder that has a “Z” on it and also wiring and a place for a speedometer on the front center of the bike.
The pictures I’m adding are unfortunately the only pictures I have of the bike. Please contact me asap if you have any information! Thank you!!!
I updated the Bike Reported Stolen page on the Wiki.
It makes me sick and sad at heart every time I see a new username here reporting a bike stolen. Good luck getting it back. Check Craigslist, flea markets, pawn shops.
Someplace, there is a shop buying these bikes and reselling them. If we could find it and shut it down, some of this might stop.
Regarding @kelsoeva‘s bike. It’s a 2007 Diamondback Edgewood. It looks like this, although this is not the same bike.
Thank you. I cannot get the pics to load to the 2015 stolen bike page, but I did post the pics to the 2014 stolen bike page accidentally. Someone else was able to identify the year and the make as a 2007 Diamondback Edgewood. Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
The fourth picture has that same bike with an unusual waterbottle rack. The source looks pretty sketchy so this could be your bike.
Note that @atobey and @kelleliz recovered a stolen bike from that same shop, with the help of the police. I suggest getting the name of the policeman who helped them (PM them through the message board) and going with their help to the shop. That place really needs to be shut down, and shouldn’t get any reward for buying and reselling stolen merchandise.
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