Bikes Reported Stolen 2015

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kelsoeva
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My boyfriend and I noticed a post yesterday that was just a bike that looked like mine. I already have a detective working on my case. I’ve called him but my boyfriend and I were going to go look at this afternoon to see if it is my bike. It’s awfully suspicious. Am I able to reclaim it even if I do not have a serial number?


jonawebb
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If it were me, I’d want the cops there, to make sure I got the bike back without trouble, and so they know this seller is selling stolen bikes. I’d also be cautious about alerting the seller to the idea that you think the bike is yours, because they might get rid of it.
I suspect that if you can provide some other proof that the bike is yours you’ll be OK; I’d talk with the detective. You bought the bike from someone; maybe they can convince the cop you own the bike?


StuInMcCandless
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Can the cop go with you undercover? Or does s/he do that anyway?


gg
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Friends bike got stolen from Trader Joe’s in East Liberty. It is a silver Raleigh with grip shift. Here is a picture of what the bike looks like, but it isn’t the exact bike.

http://archive.raleighusa.com/wp-content/uploads/post-images/RB_2011_Venture_M_Blue-Silver_LG.jpg


paulheckbert
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I think Trader Joe’s has a surveillance video. Your friend should ask for a copy. (Yale had his locked bike stolen from the rack at TJ a couple years ago)


ErinK
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There are cameras at all the traffic lights around there too … I wonder if anyone can get their footage?


bicycle heaven
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GOT IN A B 17 MARIN ,,,RED WHITE WITH TORQUE TUBE ,,GUY SEEMED A BIT SHAKEY BUT GAVE ME I.D,,,,,JUST WANT TO BE CERTAIN ITS NOT A HOT BIKE,,,,ANYONE MISSING SUCH A BIKE CALL US


StuInMcCandless
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What would really be useful for bike recovery, for my own and others, is to walk around with a video camera running. That might be a bit more obvious unless you could hook a cell phone to your belt and just walk around. I know my little GoPro-lookalike has a big blinking red light on it, so would not be good for surreptitious filming. But if someone could post video of what’s available in the various places stolen bikes have been known to turn up, that would save a lot of running around. I can’t be the first person to have this idea, but would love to help.


jonawebb
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Dude, that is so wrong from a privacy point of view.


StuInMcCandless
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I don’t see why this would be a problem. Even if it is a problem, so what? Do I need to carry a sign with inch-high letters, “I’m running video while I’m walking around, trying to catch bike thieves, so if this bothers you, please become invisible”?

I would love to have a video feed available every Monday morning with the latest walk-throughs of all the garage sales, all the flea markets, all the pawn shops, all the Goodwills, all the whatevers, so I don’t have to chase all over the nine-county region and *hope* I run into my bike, or someone else’s I’m searching for. If we had that, I think we could nail down the thievery in short order.

And if that tramples on someone’s rights, well, too bad.


bicycle heaven
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I thought I had the best thing going, I ran my own sting and what a back fire and did I learn a lot . I will tell you why ,first off I have a bike shop,,2- I buy used bikes,,3 -i have the best video E.Q. and we got I.D on everyone who came in with a hot bikes. 4- found the owners of the bikes. 5- a few thieves went to jail and my time / cost going to court for the owners of the bikes .Why did I do it well I just thought it was the right thing to do,But But But I was told right out by the Detectives / Police don’t do it anymore .So if you can believe this now if I see a hot bike listed on Bike Pittsburgh or any other place and it comes to my bike shop I cant buy the bike to bust people or find the owners of the bikes,,i have to just say sorry I cant buy the bike.The jerk gets away the owner of the bike doesn’t get it back,,,I know a good few think that hot bikes go to Bicycle Heaven and some do but that’s the place thieves got BUSTED. Hot bikes turn up at MANY MANY bike shops but you never here about it do you,,I know a few shops who don’t follow the Pawn Laws AND THEY ARE BIG WELL KNOWN BIKE SHOPS,,,ok I guess am a bit mad about the out come of my Sting and working with the Police.Please dont get me wrong the Police I think are under paid they have one hell of a dangerous job,,they just have more bigger problems to deal with then a few stolen bikes.


jonawebb
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@stu, just to be clear, the issue is making the video available publicly without the permission or knowledge of the people being recorded. There are lots of perfectly good reasons people wouldn’t want that.


gg
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@jon Don’t newscasters do it everyday? I thought anything in plain view is up for grabs? I don’t know the law however. I like Stu’s idea, and we will get there. The amount of cameras watching everything is increasing like crazy.


jonawebb
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I really don’t want to hijack this thread further, but it’s definitely illegal to take video of somebody without their knowledge or consent, and then to publish the video, if the people you’re recording are readily identifiable. And it’s also not very nice, because people have lots of good reasons to not want to be recorded and published when they’re out in public.
Exceptions are made for news purposes.


WillB
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Please provide evidence for your statement. People film in public all the time and don’t get sent to jail.


jonawebb
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Please move this to another thread if you are really interested.


StuInMcCandless
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No, I do not see anything wrong with it. At all. Certainly not on public property. On private property, maybe we’re pushing buttons. But then, the beef would be with the property owner, not with people incidentally getting caught on film. Even at that, the whole point of the matter is gathering evidence in pursuit of criminals. And I don’t see anything particularly objectionable about it anyway. I would be filming bicycles, not people.

Let’s take it to the extreme. Naked bike rides. Having been on one, I can guarantee that there will be 10,000 cameras out there. You don’t get on a bike naked with 2,000 other naked people and ride down the street and not expect to be filmed. OTOH, in the crowd of people milling around before the ride, there were still hundreds of cameras around. There, the general rule was, don’t intentionally film someone without their consent. You couldn’t turn the camera on and not get someone’s skin in the picture; that’s not the point. But you wouldn’t go around willy-nilly filming everyone there.

Somewhere in there, there’s a distinction. How you codify that, I don’t know. But I still see nothing wrong with getting footage of every flea market in town on a weekend, so that someone looking for a lost bike can sift through it. Even if the bike itself is not recovered, just knowing that certain merchants were where various stolen bikes turned up, would help target where future stolen bikes were going.

Simply put, crowdsourcing information.


paulheckbert
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Move it to another thread, guys.


ankneas08
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Hey guys,

I had a Yellow 27″ Motobecane Elite Sport (Hybrid) stolen from CMU’s campus on Friday (July 17th, 2015). It was locked in a rack, which was cut through and left behind.

Other identifiable information:
These are the
exact type of lights
that were on the bike when it was stolen. The front light sits on the left part of the handle bar and the rear light sat under the seat.
This is the exact type of tire that was on the rear tire.
The front and rear rims are mismatching. The front is black (came with the bike), the rear is silver (purchased 3 months ago).

There is a chip in the paint on the top of the top tube right under the gear/brake cables. Near that chip, a cable is slightly damaged with a few strands of the cable broken.

I unfortunately never took a picture of my bike but here is a picture of the bike from Bikes Direct’s website, which is where I purchased the bike 2 years ago.

Please let me know if you guys would like anymore details. If anyone comes across the bike, please notify CMU PD @ 412-268-6232 as well as me at 814-279-5126.

Thanks guys!


scott
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Ugh, I think I saw your bike yesterday @ankneas08 in East Liberty. I’ll keep my eye out for it again.

Likewise is anyone missing a blue or purple Bianchi with a pink front tire?


ebourdon
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My bike went missing from my porch in Highland Park this week.
White Nishiki mountain bike with black grips, black seat with a tear in it, black rack on back for groceries. Iron City Bikes sticker on centeal frame.
I never took a photo, but this could approximate:
Please contact at 412. 576. 0085 or rorykicker@yahoo.com with info, thanks!


kelsoeva
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Thanks everyone for the advice, but the bike at Wolfpack Electronic was only similar to my bike, it wasn’t actually my bike. I am still looking for my red Diamondback Edgewood bike. It has a water bottle holder with a “z” on it and a holder for a speedometer on the front of the bike. Any information is helpful. There are some pictures posted a few posts back.


RustyRed
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Interesting thing I learned today: I finally registered my Surly with the “I Heart My Bike” BikePGH program today and within hours, I got an email inviting me to register it with Bike Index.

You can upload photos of it and describe it down to every little detail and component that’s been added.

Here’s my bike as an example of a registered bike:
https://bikeindex.org/bikes/52607


edmonds59
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I should probably start the process of registering my bikes through that program. Could take a while. :( ;) :)


Mick
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I had two lights taken from my bike on Liberty last night.

On had a rechargebable battery (not taken) with an old fashined connection and I doubt the slimeball theif could use it without rewiring.

I need to decide if I want to change my habits. I’s beena bout 5 years since I’ve had a light stolen.

Putting on and taking off lights every time I park? That would be 30 seconds, 300 times or more a year. That comes out to about 20 extra hours of work since my last light theft, so maybe the convenience of leaving lights on is worth the occasional theft.

I dunno.


RustyRed
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Anyone have any thoughts either way on BikeIndex’s publishing of serial numbers? I just noticed they make them visible.


helen s
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Mick- I am curious about exactly where and when the lights were taken. Also the value of the lights.
That certainly makes a difference for me when I leave my bike in public. never leave my Niterider Mini 350 on the bike, but I do just zip it into a bag on the bike. Other lights I usually leave on, but rarely leave my bike outside in public in the evening and certainly not overnight.

I have certainly lost lights to clip failure or other breaking, but have never had one stolen.


jonawebb
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@RR I think publishing serial numbers is a bad idea because they are used to verify ownership. Somebody could get a serial number off the website then claim they own the bike.
@mick maybe consider permanently installed lights. I know the hub dynamo lights are expensive. But the bottle dynamo lights aren’t that bad compared to a rechargeable system. And they at least claim to be better than the ones they had when we were kids. And you don’t have to worry about keeping things charged. See for example http://www.dutchbikebits.com/nordlicht-dynamo.


Mick
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@ helen s.

I locked to rack on Liberty Ave Accrsoo from West Penn Hospital, from about 9 pm to midnight.

One was a 60th bd gift – bright light, rechargable battery, but with an old school bulb of some sort (halogen?).

When it was new (last century?), it was probably pretty damned expensive. The person would likely have to rewire the connection to use it at all. Guessing it’s in some “hipster’s” trash right now.

It was brighter than the other light, which was a standard sort of battery head light. Don’t recall the wattage or the price, but I’m guessing 1 watt. Possibly 1/2 or two. $10-$15. I’m not sure where or when I bought it. I remember thinking, “Duracell. Not a name I know or trust for bike lights, but it’s cheap.”

@ jonawebb, I’m guessing from what you write, the dynamo hub lights can’t be removed without tools? If someone could easily pull off the light part, they might, even if it is no use without the dynamo (see “rechargable” above).

Do they have some battery or capacitor so they don’t leave you sitting in the dark every time you stop in a deadly dangerous intersection ? (As you might guess, that is a show-stopper for me.)

For immediate use, Ill purchase a couple 1 watt headlights, but I’ll look into that.

Even though this pisses me off, in the five years since last I had a headlight stolen, I’ve given away or “loaned” 8 or 9 headlights or taillights, so maybe this isn’t that big a deal. My heart weeps for humanity, but that isn’t anything new.


reddan
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Regarding dynamo-driven lights, @mick asked:

Do they have some battery or capacitor so they don’t leave you sitting in the dark every time you stop in a deadly dangerous intersection ? (As you might guess, that is a show-stopper for me.)

Yes, both headlights and tail lights have a standlight capability, usually good for at least a few minutes. Also, they will lose intensity as the charge in the capacitor fades, rather than abruptly shutting off.

As far as removal goes, every dynamo light I’ve used has been a bolt-on, albeit easily removable via a minute with a hex wrench.


Mick
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Will listen to the folks her and to Frank Zappa, then explore the dynamo hum.

LEDs are sweet for low battery use, but low is not “none.”


StuInMcCandless
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I got a $40 bill, says you can’t make me c’mon and buy another cheap light. You just can’t do it.

[…a few people will get it, the rest should look up The Mothers, Over Nite Sensation]


gg
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I highly recommend the NiteRider Lumina 750. Takes a second to remove from bike and it is just GREAT! I would never leave anything on my bike in Pittsburgh, that is for sure. I am now using two locks on my bike, but that is because I am parking in East Liberty, which seems to have a lot of bike theft.


paulheckbert
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For a rear light, I have a Light & Motion Vis 180. It has a theft-resistant mounting bracket that makes the light difficult to remove. It takes me 5+ seconds to remove the light, even knowing how to do it. Someone with diagonal cutters could remove it in 1 second, but then they’d have a broken bracket. I have left that light on my bike, parked at CMU all day, for several years and never lost it. I recommend this light.


Steven
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Posting your bike’s serial number publicly on a web site would be fine if the web site reported the date the info was submitted.

Keeping the serial number private is good because the fact that you know the serial number of the recovered bike is evidence that you had the bike in your possession at one time.

But it’s even better if you can produce proof that not only do you know the serial number now, but you knew it three years before the theft, when you entered that info into a public web site, linking together your name, the serial number, and the date.

I can’t tell if bikeindex provides such proof, by dating each edit.


chrishent
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fmlepley
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This guy was trying to sell me or my buddy a newer looking Focus hybrid down at the point yesterday for “what ever it’s worth to you.” It was white and black. Couldn’t get the model name or a good pic without letting him know we were on to him.


robley
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Stolen last week out of parking garage on the North Shore:
Fuji Cross 4.0 LE Cyclocross Bike – 2014 Performance Exclusive. black / green

http://bikesparts.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/08-07-2015-08-20-11-31-1684-BLG-ANGLE.JPG


bicycle heaven
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Fmlepley That may be Mikes bike he works for me and his bike was taken and lock cut while he was at the hospital to visit his girl friend a few days back, thanks for this info. We had a bike taken last week stolen out of a customers truck with lock cut right out of our parking lot at Bicycle Heaven .I hope the guy who stole Mikes bike brings it to us to sell but never showed up.Was the bike all white with black spots on it ?


hankey79
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Hey Everyone,

Last night my bike was stolen from my property in Oakland. It was a 2008 Iron Horse Warrior 1.3, with a bronze frame. Unfortunately I do not have a picture, but it looks pretty identical to this.

If anyone comes across it please call Matt at 2676648779

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