I thought I would recycle the "bike thief in custody" thread.
Sadly only one bike was returned to its owner-- the rest will probably end up at police auction down the road.
Quick debriefing- the thieves are back out on the street, reports matching their MO have been coming in daily, and their vehicle was spotted this morning. Stay tuned for a separate post on that subject.
This week a north suburban police department reportedly recovered around 100 bikes. A Chicago victim from the Lakeview neighborhood who lost her and her husband's bikes in a garage break-in spotted it on craigslist and got help from the police in that suburb.
It is unclear as of yet whether the seller is an actual thief or a habitual customer of thieves.
I am waiting to hear back from a Chicago detective (yes, there is a Chicago detective with an interest in bike theft!) who was going to try to get an inventory list. He uses the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry
in addition to whatever mysterious police- internal database he may have at his disposal to identify owners of recovered bikes.
So, apologies if you've read this before, but the majority of these bikes are not going to find their way back to their rightful owners by themselves-- please, if you know anyone who's lost a bike in the past few weeks/months, please please please urge them to place a report at stolenbike.org, and to at least try to file a police report by calling 311
(the most reasonable wait times by far are at night.)
Old thread content follows.
On Saturday police took a known bike thief into custody, impounded their vehicle, and seized 5 bikes. One has been claimed (the owner reported it to the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry later in the day.) Unable to give further details at this time, sorry.
There are still 4 "victimless" bikes waiting to be claimed. They have most likely been stolen in the past week-10 days. These thieves seem to favor Logan Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown.
If you know or hear of someone who has lost a bike in the past few weeks, please please urge them to make a report ASAP at the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry
("stolenbike.org") and if it's a match we'll get in touch with them immediately.