Stolen bike recovery story

The players:

  • Joe, a cop who’s also a Cat 3 road racer and Cat B Cyclocross racer.
  • Brigitte, a racer who commutes on a $7000 Serotta.
  • Mr. Pudge, a ratty overweight dirtbag in sneakers who stole Brigitte’s bike right off of the light rail train.
  • Matthew, the guy who saw Brigitte’s bike at a Wells Fargo ATM and snapped a photo of Mr. Pudge with the bike.

Sgt. Joe got the ATM transaction information from Wells Fargo, got his address from the DMV, gave Mr. Pudge a visit and retrieved the bike. Read the whole story at Velo Review.

Finally, Sgt Joe’s tips on identifying stolen bikes:

  • Someone riding a bike that has clipless pedals wearing tennis shoes.
  • A tweeker riding a custom titanium Serotta cross bike.
  • Joshua Hutchens of Cyclepath has a good tactic of yelling “Hey that’s my bike” and seeing if the guy takes off running. We call that a clue.

And I call that good detective work.

14 Comments

  • James T.
    December 11, 2007 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    Good story, but I ride on clipless pedals with street shoes pretty often. I hope that doesn't make me a suspect.

  • James T.
    December 11, 2007 - 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Good story, but I ride on clipless pedals with street shoes pretty often. I hope that doesn't make me a suspect.

  • Yokota Fritz
    December 11, 2007 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I think I'd also fall victim to profiling.

  • Yokota Fritz
    December 11, 2007 - 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I think I'd also fall victim to profiling.

  • Michael
    December 11, 2007 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    We should get a bunch of cycling blogs to start a collection for this cop, maybe an unofficial reward or something.

    Talk about an awesome cop.

  • Michael
    December 11, 2007 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    We should get a bunch of cycling blogs to start a collection for this cop, maybe an unofficial reward or something.Talk about an awesome cop.

  • HannibalLecter
    December 11, 2007 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    What are the odds on conviction? Receiving stolen goods–pretty good. Bike theft (in this case grand larceny)–very poor.

  • HannibalLecter
    December 11, 2007 - 7:16 pm | Permalink

    What are the odds on conviction? Receiving stolen goods–pretty good. Bike theft (in this case grand larceny)–very poor.

  • bikesgonewild
    December 11, 2007 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    …this is like a love story, only better…
    …major props to the very astute matthew, who's heads up move was the first step in getting this ball rolling & to officer santos, who's diligence, knowledge of procedure & maybe an understanding of just how important that bike was to brigette, brought this tale to a happy ending…

    …hey, fritz, thats my bike !!!…
    …sorry, just checkin'…

  • bikesgonewild
    December 11, 2007 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    …this is like a love story, only better……major props to the very astute matthew, who's heads up move was the first step in getting this ball rolling & to officer santos, who's diligence, knowledge of procedure & maybe an understanding of just how important that bike was to brigette, brought this tale to a happy ending……hey, fritz, thats my bike !!!……sorry, just checkin'…

  • bikesgonewild
    December 11, 2007 - 10:49 pm | Permalink

    …"who's" should be "whose" but you knew that when you read it…

  • bikesgonewild
    December 12, 2007 - 5:49 am | Permalink

    …"who's" should be "whose" but you knew that when you read it…

  • Yokota Fritz
    December 12, 2007 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Whose who's, peddle pedals, their they're, it's its all the same.

    And yeah, that cop did good.

  • Yokota Fritz
    December 12, 2007 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Whose who's, peddle pedals, their they're, it's its all the same.And yeah, that cop did good.

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