Hurray Menlo Park police

A bicycle theft victim in Menlo Park, California saw her bike for sale on Craigslist. She notified the local police and, amazingly, the cops arranged a sting operation and arrested the alleged bike thief!

The police recovered another bike that was also reported as missing, so it really does help in some cities to report those bike thefts and save those serial numbers. I have photos of my bike bottom brackets where the serial numbers are inscribed in case I ever need to report a stolen bicycle.

Props to Ellen Fletcher, Dan, and others for the news.

13 Comments

  • kit
    August 7, 2009 - 9:31 pm | Permalink

    …police are encouraging people to mark their bikes with an identification number. An ID number makes a bike less attractive to thieves, and it makes for better evidence in court…HUH?!

  • kit
    August 7, 2009 - 9:31 pm | Permalink

    …police are encouraging people to mark their bikes with an identification number. An ID number makes a bike less attractive to thieves, and it makes for better evidence in court…HUH?!

  • kit
    August 7, 2009 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    …police are encouraging people to mark their bikes with an identification number. An ID number makes a bike less attractive to thieves, and it makes for better evidence in court…

    HUH?!

  • Yokota Fritz
    August 8, 2009 - 12:11 am | Permalink

    Carving your drivers license number onto the bike is one way. I keep the bike serial number.

  • Yokota Fritz
    August 7, 2009 - 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Carving your drivers license number onto the bike is one way. I keep the bike serial number.

  • bikesgonewild
    August 8, 2009 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    …bottom line ???……"hurray menlo park police", just as you state…

  • bikesgonewild
    August 8, 2009 - 11:40 am | Permalink

    …bottom line ???…

    "hurray menlo park police", just as you state…

  • Yokota Fritz
    August 8, 2009 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Indeed. Job well done.I've personally found MPPD to be approachable and open.

  • Yokota Fritz
    August 8, 2009 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Indeed. Job well done.I've personally found MPPD to be approachable and open.

  • Yokota Fritz
    August 8, 2009 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    Indeed. Job well done.

    I've personally found MPPD to be approachable and open.

  • lightrailblogger
    August 9, 2009 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    I really should've been more active in the search for my stolen bike last week. I know finding my bike would involve going to every pawn shop in Downtown Phoenix and combing through Craigslist ads… On a sidenote, I already found new/used bike, a cool vintage one for $40!

  • lightrailblogger
    August 9, 2009 - 9:18 am | Permalink

    I really should've been more active in the search for my stolen bike last week. I know finding my bike would involve going to every pawn shop in Downtown Phoenix and combing through Craigslist ads… On a sidenote, I already found new/used bike, a cool vintage one for $40!

  • lightrailblogger
    August 9, 2009 - 2:18 am | Permalink

    I really should've been more active in the search for my stolen bike last week. I know finding my bike would involve going to every pawn shop in Downtown Phoenix and combing through Craigslist ads…
    On a sidenote, I already found new/used bike, a cool vintage one for $40!

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