The latest comes from a Portland man who posted his story to Reddit:
Yesterday was a good day. My bike was ripped off in pdx. I found in on Craigslist up in Seattle. My friends and I organized a sting operation to get back my bike and to get the thief arrested. We were successful, and the thief got charged with a felony.
Check it. This is my bike! My favorite pic ever :)
Check it. It’s the idiot’s booking status (proof?)
Anyways, the shit-head had two other bikes on his car. ARE THESE YOUR BIKES? I suspect they are also stolen. That car is currently impounded, but I’d like to help anyone I can in getting their bike back! I’m posting this to /r/Portland because he stole my bike in r/Portland. He is also from Portland.
If you know whose bike it is, PLEASE contact me. Let’s make a point that this is NOT okay! I learned a lot in the process of setting up my sting. I can help you figure out how to get these bikes back. I know where they are, but we must act soon before he gets his car back out of impound. I have police reports and everything to verify this is true. Please play extra attention if you live anywhere in SE. That’s where the thief lives, and where my ride was taken.
While his story is very exciting, SPD once again comes off uninterested in catching bike thieves. They put him in peril by taking 45 minutes to show up while he stalled the thief. In fact, the SPD dispatcher even warned him, “The police may not show up if they get another more-important call,” according to this follow-up comment. This bike alone is worth enough to make the man a felon, and he apparently had two other bikes on the car. I know there are lots of crimes worse than bike theft. But here, a member of the public is essentially handing the police a felon, and it would be great to have just a little bit more urgency from the police.
UPDATE: To SPD’s credit, once they showed up, they stepped up to the challenge. See video linked below.
It sounds like we’ll be hearing more about this story soon. The man and his friends apparently video taped the whole encounter and are editing something together. He is also pressing charges.
UPDATE: The video has been posted.