"Jennifer - I agree with Matthew here. I would also recommend meeting with the Alderman or someone
from his/her staff (sometimes it's better to establish a relationship with a competant staff member
(for future issues) since the Alderperson is…"
"Jennifer, I would definitely contact your alderman. They have an incentive to keep you happy since you are a voter. When I had issues with people parking in the bike lane on my commute to work, I called my alderman and she got the Dept. of Revenue…"
"Didn't you have a pretty good idea of who the person was who took this -a friend/acquaintance of one of your roommates or someone like that?
If you have a name, and the pawn shop has a name it sure would be nice if the cops would get…"
"I appreciate all the comments and there's a lot of issues here that have been brought up. Would it be worth writing the Alderman? Who else would it be worth writing to about these things? I would like to find out more about my bike situation.…"
"All pawn shops and second hand stores are required to document the purchase. The police just chose not to require Cash America to turn it over. There's no obligation for them to check the Registry -- doing so is just a way to protect themselves…"
"I 2nd you James. That is a major drop of the ball by CPD.
Also, I am stunned that Cash America did not have to hand over evidence that could have revealed the perp. I think they should be obligated to hand over such documentation, especially since…"
"Since this bike was stolen from inside your home it isn't "just a stolen bike" it's also a B&E and the fact that the cops didn't take this seriously from the start, and STILL are not taking it seriously pretty much…"
"As soon as my bike was taken I created a post on The Stolen Bike Registry and the Chainlink. When I called the police to report the bike after it was stolen, the officer taking the report over the phone was awful. He didn't take it seriously…"
"Seems like registration with the police department is worthless. As mentioned, I used the Stolen Bike Registry that a chainlinker created to find Jennifer's bike. I think the best thing to do is to create a post here on the chainlink, in…"
"So, seriously, is there any point to the city bike registration site on which I have dutifully recorded my information? It seems a few good bike shops, Chainlinkers and the stolen bike registry are the only things that work.
"Huzzah to Matthew for cracking this case and helping a bike get back to its rightful owner.
Any news on the identity of the thief and any justice being done? Was there any paper trail at Cash America on this pawn/sale?"
"I believe someone asked how I found the bike, the comment may have been deleted, but here is the part of the story where I come in:
I work in Wicker Park, and the bus stop I take home is on North, Damen and Milwaukee, right in front of the Cash…"