Bikes Reported Stolen 2014
This thread is for reporting bikes stolen. Pittsburgh has been seeing a surge of bikes stolen lately, and we thought it deserved its own thread.
When your bike is stolen, you should report it here and on the BikingPgh.com Wiki page (http://bikingpgh.com/index.php?title=Bikes_reported_stolen). The Wiki is easier to search than a message board, and is looked at by a lot of people. So please take the time to make an entry there.
Include these things in your report: 1) A description of your bike; 2) A photo of your bike; 3) When and where it was stolen; 4) How to reach you if someone sees it.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIKE’S SERIAL NUMBER IN YOUR REPORT! This is used by the police to verify that you actually own the bike, so you should keep it private.
To upload a photo here, just click the tiny photo button above the edit window and insert a link to the photo URL (if it’s already online) or click the upload button (if it’s on your computer).
To edit the Wiki, you’ll need an account. PM me, @reddan, or @ted to get an account. Include your username and email. You can then edit the Wiki page directly. Look at the page for examples on how to structure your edits.
Good luck on getting your bike back. People do recover their bikes here, so please post.
If your bike hasn’t been stolen, please take a look at the Wiki and keep an eye out. You may make someone very happy!
Other helpful information sources:
* This thread has a lot of good background info. Love your bike, lock it right
Tips and tricks
* Keep your U-lock key on a helmet strap, if you don’t have a better place to put it. A U-lock is no good if you don’t have the key.
* Every couple of months, oil the lock and make sure it works freely.
* If you are concerned about someone swiping your bike off the front of a bus, keep a short bungee cord handy to wrap around the wheel that’s on the driver’s side when mounting. A thief isn’t likely to notice this.
My bike got stolen last night (July 15, 2014) at Friendship sometime between 6pm and 8:30pm.
It’s an old 1970s small women white road bike, made by Peugeot, split frame, with a new big cushy seat!
I haven’t seen a lot of Peugeot bikes in Pittsburgh so hopefully it will be recognizable if seen! I am working on finding a photo of it.
Please call 412.799.4184 if you see it! You will be rewarded generously! :)
Good lord, it seems like we are getting reports of another stolen bike every day!
This is crazy!
Raleigh Talus 29 mountain bike stolen on the North Shore from a hotel parking lot on 7/11/14.
Silver frame – frame size is XL
Rims are black with black spokes, spoke ends are blue.
The bike seat post is held on by a fixed clamp (need an allen wrench to adjust). Bar ends installed were wrapped in yellow handlebar wrap when it was stolen. If this bike comes into your shop, please contact Pittsburgh police first, then myself.
Back brake lever has slight damage to the tip of the lever.
I added all the remaining bikes reported here this year (I think). 19 bikes on the Wiki. Let’s find some, folks.
Thanks a lot!! :)
What would someone do if they see one of the stolen bikes either in the street or on Craugslist?
Would it be a good idea to add my phone number to my post in the wiki?
I added your phone # and a note at the top. But I don’t have a really good idea of what to do if you see the bike, other than contacting the owner. Should you also call the police? Lock up the bike if you can do that? What makes sense?
I suppose you don’t want to tip off the thief that they’ve been detected, because that one bike may lead you to others. So I wouldn’t recommend doing anything other than contacting the owner and the police. But does anyone have any other ideas?
Unfortunately, this list is so long that I’d like to suggest reversing the order going forward. Newest entries on the top.
My thought is that if I THINK I see one that has been reported stolen, I would note the time and location, and a general description of the rider (if available) and make that available to the OP. I would call 9-1-1 if there was a high degree of certainty as to the status of a particular bike (which means the bike would have to be unique or notable in some way). If there was a cop in the vicinity, I might mention the similarity to a bike reported stolen.
But, if I see the guy that jacked the bike from the downtown parking lot, and was caught on video doing it, then I will call 9-1-1!
I think .
This message was on the Highland Park list-serve today – bikes were locked to a car rack. Thought I’d shared here, as it seems like we’ve had an uptick in bike thefts in HP, compared to prior years.
I don’t have a pic, and its not my bike, so I won’t post to the wiki, but thought it was worth posting this over here.
Orange-ish Diamondback Men’s Mountain bike
Yellow Specialized Men’s Mountain bike
owner is tedmelnyk @ hotmail.com
If anyone is missing a black felt with red handlebar tape and red/white accents, a kid who looked like he doesn’t know what he is doing just locked it up by the handlebars on the side of REI
And another one….. from Kitaira’s FB page
ok guys, someone broke into Ryan Post’s apartment and tore up the place. Of all if his bikes, they stole the mtb…
Cannondale Lefty with WVU specific paint job, blue spokes and apparently spongebob on the grips. He’s tall (6′) so it’s a bigger frame.
Please share and keep an eye out – not only for the bike, because whoever stole it did some serious shit inside his place.
I don’t know which of the string of 2014 bike thefts this goes with, but someone asked me to put this image of a message from Pitt police up on the message board. It gives a description of a recent Oakland bike thief and a warning against using cable locks.
All these thefts lately are making me super paranoid. The friends of mine who have lost bikes have luckily gotten them back in short order thanks to friends spotting them and recovering them, so riding a recognizable bike and getting the word out ASAP seems to help, but… I’m still locking much more carefully now.
Suspect is 6 ft.., and runs 280? That’s a big dude.
I wonder if the black and white checked pants are like chef’s pants?
Or something crazier?
He would stand out in a crowd, even without the checked pants and hat. His description just tweeted out to over 11K people. I bet somebody recognizes him.
Is this the same guy as in the video of the theft at the 3rd Avenue garage? He looked pretty big.
This video is from Sarah P’s Facebook page, so I don’t know if you can all see it, but here goes:
Fifteen seconds from arriving at the bike to riding away on it!
wow great description. …really. doez the guy have tattoos on his legs?? the thief looks like my uncle…..its not my uncle but im just saying that . a white male 6″ tall is a broad description.
wow great post. …really.
I think the hope is that either:
a) someone might recognize a suspect due to description + clothing choices + maybe he was seen with a new bike.
b) if we see a guy matching that rather vague description hovering over some locked bikes, someone might immediately make a call to the Pitt police.
It’s certainly better than nothing, so not sure why you are making a fuss. Personally, I’m happy that the Pitt police could be bothered to print and hang a flier.
Missing from Lawrenceville……
LeMond Fillmore, single speed. White bar tape, stickers, fenders and rear rack as notable features. Photo available via a Banker Supply/Nick’s FB page. OP is Eric Miller. Cash reward offered.
well i made a call last night cause i saw a guy hovering over some bikes…..turns out it was the guys bike. and thecops were none too happy i wasted their time on a Saturday night
@sarah, I can’t see the photo, if you can grab it I’ll put it up.
Never mind, I found it.
I just saw this posted to the Pittsburgh bike swap and sale facebook group. Anyone in the area feel like stopping by and seeing if any of the stolen bikes ended up there?
“Hello I run a buy sell trade store right on 51 in brentwood and I have all types of awesome bikes. Everything from highend cannondales, specialized, trek, and all types of others for half of retail. Please let me know if your looking for a nice bike or come on down and find one for yourself. 3550 sawmill run rd pa 15227 or message me and I can send you pictures and a list of bikes I have”
Google street view:
^That’s only a few miles from me. I’ll print out a list of bikes and try and check it out in the next day or two.
Cleveland, Columbus, Buffalo, Harrisburg, maybe even Cincinnati and Detroit, may have interest in such stashes.
Dang, I drove past that place this afternoon, and intended to stop in on my way home. But, I ended up taking a different route home from the meeting. He must have had 20 bikes lined up in front of the place.
@Stu, I would actually suspect DC above all of those except for maybe Cleveland. Morgantown is another possibility if targeting college kids.
regarding the place on 51…
I hate to accuse anyone, especially before we’ve checked,
but the fact that he isn’t posting details of the bikes he has is really suspicious in of itself… maybe reading into it on my part, but if I had stolen bikes I’d limit how much info I put out there on the internet.
He basically said to pm him for a full list but also listed:
I have a specialized allez sport 622 29in, cannondale sr500, trek fx7.1, specialized rockhopper, 2 specialized crosstrails, treck 8.2 ds, cannondale quick 4, cannondale h300, fugi tahoe comp, fugi nevada 3.0 and more
the Cannondale H300 black hybrid could be a match?
dfiler I hope I did not put you on the spot as I did post on here pawn shops may be a place to look and I have bought bikes from you in the past with no proublems,,,I hope to come by again soon to buy a few more thanks craig
Bikes Stolen: Bike lock cut off two bikes last night; back porch in Lawrenceville, Plummer Street off Modoc Way Alley between 46th and Home St
1st Bike: Orange and White Jamis Nova Pro with Blue Handlebar Wrap (pic) Mens 52″ 2009 model
2nd Bike: Black womans Specialized Rock Hopper (no pic) 1997 model
bicycle heaven: Note that I have nothing to do with that pawn shop and I am not a buyer or seller of used bikes.
I only posted the info here because it seems a bit fishy. If someone was interested, they could message the guy to send photos and compare those against bikes that have been stolen.
Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc stolen from inside my apartment building on 900 block of Western Ave (across from Peppi’s on North Side) on 07/03/2014
– Orange Frame size Medium
– Shimano SPD Clipless Pedals
– Disc Brakes (Front and Back)
– Front Suspension
– Two bottle cages
– Topeak saddle pouch
– Front and back lights
– Dirty Harry’s Sticker on the Down Tube by where it meets the Seat Tube
Bike was locked to a railing inside the apartment building on 2nd floor. Someone broke into the building from the basement (presumably) and stole the bike.
Dfiler I am sorry ,,,,I did not read your post well,,i saw I run a pawn shop not seeing I run by a pawn shop,,anyways I had the police by today and they just missed a guy who brought down one of the stolen bikes,,they went to look for him don’t know the out come yet but missed him by one min,,I am just trying my best to help out ,,,please forgive me about thinking you owned the Pawn shop but that I know of they are a good Pawn shop anyways
I visited a South Hills shop and took some pics of bikes for sale: http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/thrift-store-bikes/#post-298625
OK BP Friends I have to decide what to do (its not so simple)…So here are some ideas:
1. Let the police ID it and hope they get them to just give it back to me with Serial number and photo evidence.
2. Buy it back my self for a couple hundred and then sue the pawn shop and thief, (i bet they work together with all those other bikes)
3. take pics of all the bikes and post them on BP
4. Hold a protest at the Pawn shop and call media
5. Since the bikes are sitting out in front during the day just take it and let them try and catch me! (headline: man steals his own bike
6. Get the Police to crack down on the Pawn shop but do it thru a set up to catch the thief (plant bikes)
7, Bring a similar bike in to see what they will offer for it to establish what they have in it. ($50? $200..more?
8. Ironic but the pawn shop is both the cause but the also opportunity to get a bike back.
thoughts? ideas? anyone want to video/witness/document my visit ?
Here’s what I’d suggest for someone who thinks he’s found his stolen bike at a pawn shop.
1. First, make sure you’ve already reported the theft to the police, along with the bike’s serial number and any other identifying info. Collect up any evidence establishing the bike is yours, like a bike store receipt, photos, etc.
2. Call the police and tell them there’s a bike similar to yours at the pawn shop. Then, assuming the police don’t have some contrary instructions….
3. Go to the pawn shop (with your evidence), examine the bike, check the serial number, and confirm it’s yours.
4. If it is, call the police from the pawn shop and tell them that you’ve found your stolen bike at the pawn shop, and say that you’re planning to tell the owner the bike is yours, and to demand he give it back to you for free.
5. Tell the pawn shop owner to give you back your bike. If they won’t, call the police and tell them that. If the police haven’t sent anybody out at the earlier steps, I figure they should at this step.
It’s possible the pawn shop is a victim in this, or at least, guilty of nothing more than guessing wrong once or twice about whether a seller is the bike’s real owner. (And I’m sure that legit bike shops have done the same from time to time.) To show they’re part of some ring, you’d need more evidence than just one or two stolen bikes. So all your “punish the pawn shop” ideas seem way premature.
It is a rhetorical question at the moment, but a good one to ponder in advance (for all of us evver faced with such a dilemma/opportunity.)
1. Let the police ID it and hope they get them to just give it back to me with Serial number and photo evidence. Yes, but this still requires that you notify them at a) it is your bike (because you have confirmed it yourself) or b) because they are willing to check out a bike that “looks like yours.” Probably decent odds with a., less good odds of getting th ebike back under option b.
2. Buy it back my self for a couple hundred and then sue the pawn shop and thief, (i bet they work together with all those other bikes). But, then wouldn’t you have to have photographic evidence of you buying it THERE, or a SN on the receipt, or ??? And suing the pawnbroker? Yuck? I’d rather eat the cost of the re-purchase, ad try to at least get him cited for stolen merchandise, personally.
3. take pics of all the bikes and post them on BP I am wondering how this could be done. I suspect they will have a lot of interest in their bikes in coming days. How to get in and take photos of everything is something worth figuring out.
4. Hold a protest at the Pawn shop and call media. Sure, if we can definitively identify several bikes has having been stolen. As far as I know right now, we are not certain that the H300 is CW’s bike, or that the bike has been stolen (if not his). And even if it was, I am willing to give the guy the benefit of one doubt…..it could have been an honest mistake (once, and only once).
5. Since the bikes are sitting out in front during the day just take it and let them try and catch me! (headline: man steals his own bike ) Not the worst idea, especially if you have a car nearby. But, tires have probably been flattened, etc, and they may be locked.
6. Get the Police to crack down on the Pawn shop but do it thru a set up to catch the thief (plant bikes) I like this idea in concept, but understand the complications. Again, not knowing if the bike sighted IS stolen, and thinking that perhaps this is an honest mistake (first one ever, really….) I have my doubts.
7, Bring a similar bike in to see what they will offer for it to establish what they have in it. ($50? $200..more?) Marko said something that seemed to indicate that they don’t have a lot invested…..something like the guy knows the value of the bikes, and underprices them. But, I don’t know what that really means.
8. Ironic but the pawn shop is both the cause but the also opportunity to get a bike back.
Another thought has occurred to me….
Is the visibility of the bikes adding to the problem? The location is on a busy street, with a lot of bus traffic. There is a meth clinic on the same bus routing (further up on Route 51). Assuming that the quick cash is for a quick hit, does seeing all those bikes with a big old “we pay cash” sign give some people ideas that they might not have come up with on their own?
When I looked at a couple of bikes at the Pawnshop on Carson Street, they were clearly displaying bikes, but holding them back from sale, until they could check with the Police Department to see if the bike was reported stolen. Could this guy be enouraged to do something like that? Or what Craig does, with photo ID and fingerprints?
In any case, I hope that the H300 is CWs bike, that he pursues the “confirm it is his, call police from the pawnshop and retrieve his property route.” And that he leaves there with his bike today. (Taking photos of a few other bikes while he is there…..!)
Good luck to all who find themselves in this position!
What Steven said. One would hope that the police and the pawn shop already have a formula in place for situations exactly like this. This is not something that hasn’t existed forever.
H300 Has been recovered! New insights on the pawn shops:
1. According to Police most of them know they deal in Stolen goods. No Innocence here!
2. The Police often are using them to track the mules bringing stuff to the shops.
3. When I was dealing with the City they were focused on the perp that stole it and closed for the weekend.
4. The Brentwood PD was fantastic…he could not tell me about everything that is going on, but he said we had plenty of ID for him to go and get it and he brought it back to us while we watched across the street at a gas station. The guy eating his lunch in his car next to us was plain clothes,,,faced away using his rear vew mirror!
5. The Police said if you do it yourself he warned that it can be risky.
6. There is irony here because the the threat of shutting them down without actually outting them out of business allows them to reclaim bikes in the manner ther did mine.
7. A regular set of photos of the bikes on dsiplay is easy and should be a regular feature so people can id their bikes.
8. Do something that makes your bike easy to ID a little paint spot ..etc something that looks innocent.
9. Serials did not match up from my old receipt. Make sure you photo your bike carefully from all angles and track accessories.
10. They removed anything loose plus the light and removed the bike PGH sticker. There should be a bike ID registry created by BP and engravature (free at Bike fest) in a hidden location on the frame. This could be a money maker: Say $10 buys you registration and engraving.
Now I have two bikes…one for guests ;)
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