I'm posting about a specific instance, but thought I'd title the thread such that it could be re-used for similar issues.
I was contacted for advice by a member of the bike community whose daughter had had her bike stolen.
Here's what I put together:
A bike of the same make/model as the victim's was listed on Craigslist:
She apparently saw that the bike had a Rapid Transit sticker on it and contacted them; someone at RT connected the suspicious bike to the bike sold to the victim and contacted her.
Victim's dad contacted police but got run-around/dismissive response.
He called me; I pointed him to the correct police district and recommended he get in touch directly with tactical police to see if they might be willing to help recover the bike as a next step. Victim's daughter called 'informant' again and learned that the bike had not been viewed at an address but in a parking lot, somewhere near Milwaukee/Damen IIRC. Victim's dad called seller to try to set up a viewing.
The better part of a week has now gone by, and dad was never able to get any calls returned from the tactical office, and never able to get a call back from the seller. The posting has since expired. "Cold case..."
Here's the registry listing:
Why am I posting this . . . well, I thought it would be worth a try to
A) raise a hair of awareness about this bike
B) ask folks who make a regular pursuit out of scanning cl bike ads and checking them out if anything is familiar about this seller's listing. The phone number only seems to have been used this one time on the web, in as far as Google can dig it up.
I've not seen this exact bike on CL but I have seen similar-sounding ads before for other bikes. This Pacer is a little out of the price range that I'm usually trolling, so it is no surprise I didn't see it or notice it since the listing title didn't have the brand/model to pop Jame's price/value buzzer. But yes, a suspicious "deal" to be certain from a clueless seller that doesn't seem to know what the hell he has other than looking up the price online for new ones. It stinks of stolen bike to me too.
I see this type of thing often. If the cops really cared it wouldn't be too hard to send out a detective every once in a while with a laptop to "meet" these folks and run the bikes against known stolen databases. If they only did this a few times for the word to get out it would help quite a bit and put the fear of god into bike thieves.
But they don't care, and the thieves know they can pretty much get away with anything short of murder.
Sam took the call at the shop and connected the S/N to the customer in our customer files.
Thanks, Dug, I figured you'd know something about this. I didn't know there had been a serial number match. So it is absolutely 100% confirmed to be this victim's bike.
awesome... awareness is key, good job