2am Monday morning July 22nd my secured garage space was broken into and two of my bikes were stolen for a second time. One of the bikes was a direct replacement for a bike that was stolen from the same space in April. I had the garage reinforced with extra locks and secured the bikes inside the garage on a hefty cable lock. After hearing the news the bikes were stolen, I came home and filed a police report. I then started looking on CL just in case the thieves were dumb enough to post the bikes.
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Oddly enough I found one of the bikes that was stolen in April! I txt’ed for more info and sure enough it was my bike, they didn’t even bother to remove a dice valve steam cap on the rear wheel. We arranged to meet up at a local spot were I verified the serial numbers and identified the bike as mine. After then shade-ball guy tried to convince me multiple times the bike was not stolen, I told him I needed a receipt. He offered to meet me at the Pawn shop he “bought” the bike from, I agreed and walked away.
at this time I had a friend follow the guy around the corner where he started calling for a ride presumably. We then pulled up next to a police officer and pointed out the dirtbag. the police took the guy away in cuffs, hopefully turning up a more stolen bikes.
Now, if an getting a bike thief arrested is not enough, he goes on:
Last night [a friend] called me up with a hot tip of a sighting of the Transition down by the Ballard Fred Myer (less than a mile from my house). I booked it down to check out the situation. Shortly after I rolled up to the scumbag working on his dead red-maroon early 90’s pickup with matching cap. I walked up to the guy and shouted “Hey that’s my Bike” which he replied with “that’s bullshit I bought it” as my backup was on the phone with the police I informed Mr. Shitbag Magee he was about to have a few friends come pick him up. I took off with the bike on my car, doubled back and followed him for a little bit to see if I could get a plate number. Unfortunately I did not, the cops showed up and started searching but no luck. Word on the street is there is also a White Van with a speaker on the roof involved in recent bike thefts.
Want even more awesome recovered bike stories? Check out this afternoon’s The Conversation on KUOW (listen to recording here). Stories include a guy who got bike back after 30 years and a bad ass messenger who chased a bike thief all over downtown, including through a bus, before cops arrested the thief.