Bikes Stolen 2016
Hello, my name is Kristofer Phillips, and i am new to Pittsburgh. I locked my Matte black, 29? SE Racing “Big Ripper” behind the T station at the bike rental hub at the beginning of the Eliza trail last night. This morning, the lock had been cut and it was gone.
Pgh Police office Mulzet is the guy i filed the report with, 412-255-2827
I’m sure the decals may be taken off but the forks have stickers that read “Landing Gear” and “Big Ripper” on the tear drop down tube. My bike is a single speed with smaller bmx style handle bars with both front and rear handbrakes. Vans shoe stickers as well as some others, and black and silver bear trap pedals.
Thank you for kerping an eye out and my cell # is
814-271-9976. Thank you.
STOLEN BICYCLE, PLEASE HELP ME FIND!
Taken while locked up in front of my house on the edge of PGH/Wilkinsburg. Blue Rivendell Clem Smith Jr, bullmoose bars, brown leather anatomica saddle, small front rack w/ basket (not the large black rack in pictures). Very unique looking bike w/ curved seat stays. Any help would be appreciated!
^that should be easy to spot. good luck, we’ll keep an eye out for it.
My bike was stolen on CMU campus…07/08/16
It was locked up at a bike rack in CMU. Ridley X-Fire Disc, black frame with the white handlebar, tape, stem, fork, Reynolds Assault SLG wheelset with tubular tires. Any help would be appreciated.
Two (nice!) bikes stolen from my garage in Pt. Breeze around July 4:
– White Women’s Kettler Layana, large frame, basket, Shimano 8 speed hub:
– Silver Bianchi Milano:
Contact Steve Awodey, email@example.com, 412-243-9604. Thanks!
Grr. The one thread I did not want to ever be posting on…
My bike was stolen from our garage, likely midday today.
We live in Squirrel Hill. Here is the bike:
Specialized Sirrus Comp 2013. Charcoal Grey.
[serial# not listed, per 1st post]
– clipless pedals
– fenders and rack; rack had a pannier, red bungie cord
– “Pro Bikes” translucent water bottle
– bar is missing stoppers from the ends
– spots on the rack where the pannier attaches are very well worn
– wireless computer, “Specialized” brand
– rear tire is new; front tire is old, worn smooth
– SRAM X5, chain cleaned just last week
Anyway, it’s reported to the police. Case: 16-132253
One of the officers was a cyclist; some advices:
– register your (stolen) bike at https://bikeindex.org/
– check Craig’s; if you see you bike call police; they’ll do a sting.
– If you happen to see your bike being ridden, snap a pic if you can; report to 911. Don’t try to deal with it on your own.
– fat bikes are currently really high on the list for thieves
I had to retrieve my serial# from the shop (SqHill Pro Bikes). The manager indicated that stolen bike info is actively shared among shops. So if you bought yours new locally, let them know.
hey y’all. Just 4yinz’fo-
I was just walking by the pawn shop on the northside (corner of Federal St. & Parkhurst, by the jitney stop next to the Allegheny Library). There was a U-haul outside, and about 6 guys were HUSTLING a whole lot of bikes from inside a back room within the store, into the U-haul, bucket brigade style.
I’m not about to profile, or make false claims, but given the confirmed sketchy shit that goes down at that place, constant police incidents, etc., I couldn’t help but observe for a second.
They were loading only bikes. And nice bikes too. Not just some dumps they found in a bush somewhere. Most importantly though, a good 75% of the bikes had no front tires. Lending the thought that they may have been acquired unlawfully. Whether it’s a “ring” of some sorts, or just the pawn shop owner selling in bulk to people, not sure. But I watched probably 50-70 bikes load in total, til the thing was packed.
I didn’t take down the U-haul plate # or anything, given no actual crime. But if you’re missing a bike, you may want to take a trip up there and sniff around.
This is getting really snoody, but if you’ve already filed a police report, you could always file a FOIA request for video footage of the municipal camera that is directly above the doorway on the light pole. May take a long ass time, but just a thought…
Yo bro rebus: not totally sure exactly where you’re at, but did you call this one in to 911? It’s a “tip”. They actually pay attention and all of us benefit. If there’s nothing to it, there’s nothing to it and life goes on.
Now would be a really great opportunity for someone from the law enforcement community to perk up and tell us that, yes! we do scan the biking message boards. Especially for stuff like this.
didn’t call it in. I’m not really one to practice McCarthyism.
Well, that’s convenient, isn’t it?
McCarthy has to do with (’50s) right-wing politics.
We’re talking about simple theft. Today.
I paid for for my bike out of my own wages and I use(d) it for getting to my job, on a daily basis. Your thief robbed me of my ability to get to my job. Yes, do tell me that I can always walk.
[ok like every other bike person, I have some 2nd bike that, this morning, I (finally) had to fix; but you didn’t know that, did you?].
And that you’re so principled to certainly not report anything, because… why? Who the fuck are you to blow off your social responsibilities citing all that feeble, sanctimonious yadda yadda?
Grow up already.
I’m looking at The Clem Smith Rivendell locked to a pole in Polish hill right now .owner called and voicemail left
Now would be a really great opportunity for someone from the law enforcement community to perk up and tell us that, yes! we do scan the biking message boards. Especially for stuff like this.
Ok, Ian the Clem owner says it was recovered recently. (Interesting conversation as two Sheriffs descended upon us!) Very glad to hear a Rivendell owner didn’t ultimately lose his bike.
@alhir – you say “grow up”, yet you’re the one name-calling on an internet message board…? practice what you preach.
I was just trying to give a tip for the next guy. if you take the time to look back, there are other posts all over this site similar in nature to my own. sorry your bike got jacked dude. but spewing your mortal rage on peers is an undignified move, and won’t get you anywhere in life.
@bro: I didn’t actually call you a name. I merely commented on your behavior.
So, what do we do about your sighting?
I think it is ok to call 911 and give a tip. It isn’t your job to device whether something is a crime or not before reporting it. The police Dan choose whether to act on the tip, and, of they do, to make decisions about how to proceed. If they investigate and there wasn’t a crime involved the police apologize and everyone moves on.
This is why we have police, courts, etc.
“Any idea how the owner of the Clem recovered it?”
He said a friend found it unlocked in front of a frat house in Oakland.
My 2014 Masi Cyclocross single speed was stole yesterday (7/17/16) out of my garage in highland park (near Obama high school). A picture can be seen at the site below. Please contact me with any information at 412-759-3377…thank you!
My Clem posted above was indeed recovered after 1 week missing, found in front of a CMU frat house at Forbes and Devon.
General Bike theft question: Is seat theft prevalent? Just picked up a brooks cambium and I’m wondering if I should chain it to the frame. I lock up my bike overnight near the east busway and haven’t noticed any parted out bikes locked up.
Posting for a co-worker’s girlfriend:
No specific markings on the Masi cyclocross ss. Looking back I wish I would have put something on it….
Thanks Rusty, I was going to post as well. Owner is a cool person and we were just talking about planning a bike ride for a community we’re part of
Just came from a vacation that included Vancouver. There is an active police run bait bike program and they give out stickers for your bike that read “is this a bait bike?”. No idea if it actually deters theft but something to think about.
FRIEND’S BICYCLE STOLEN, PLEASE HELP.
Taken from back porch in Sq Hill/Point Breeze area.
Black GT Zum with a rear rack (not shown in this photo). Bell on front. Police report has been made and the serial number is known.
If you see this any help would be appreciated!
Please contact me via DM or call/text 412-228-7227.
Brand new Blue Jamis Allegro with upgraded seat stolen from garage on Beechwood Blvd near Douglas. Not sure of date of theft but could have been as early as a week ago. Thief left the bike they rode in on – grey Schwinn Ranger (big kid size). I have the serial #.
Chain saved my bike at my Shadyside apartment sometime this week. Wasn’t even chained to the rack, just to a cable loop, and I know they had cable cutters because they cut another guy’s loose. Didn’t want to bother filing it off before resale, I guess. They did manage to notch the steel with their yanking, though. And they stole my pump.
Hopefully the other guy posts here.
There are a lot of bike thefts happening (not all of them make it here). I wish there was a way to get bike owners info on how to keep their bike from being stolen BEFORE it happens. I doubt most people come here until after they’ve lost a bike. But, in case you haven’t had your bike stolen yet, PLEASE: Wherever you store your bike, lock it TO something. Something metal, and secure. Use a U-lock; do not rely on a cable lock.
What seems to be happening is, the thieves are riding cheap bikes through affluent neighborhoods, looking for unattended bikes in garages and on porches and the like. They take the good bikes, and leave theirs behind. People are finding abandoned cheap bikes in alleys and so on.
PLEASE lock your bike TO something, even if it’s in your garage. You can install an eyebolt in the wall of your garage and lock your bike to it. If it’s in a common area of your apartment building, find a way to secure it to something. It’s really necessary. And, ideally, take your bike indoors at night. Don’t leave it on your porch.
One other thing: these bikes are going somewhere, probably a pawn shop that buys them and resells them (maybe shipping outside the area). If you see evidence of this, please contact the Pittsburgh police. They will investigate, and shut down this channel. We’ve seen this before: when the purchase channel is closed down, bike theft declines dramatically. Please help.
Bike stolen: Sq Hill North
Stolen from detached garage near Solway St. at Murray Ave.
Blue/silver Schwinn hybrid. No pix, but bike has distinctive accessories: straight handlebars (w/ extra bar-ends, “T”-extender w/ mounting for phone case, and empty Sigma computer socket), Topeak rear rack (no bag was on rack), Wahoo speed/cadence sensor on chain-stay, “split” (a/k/a urologist-approved) saddle, pedals w/ toe clips and shoe-clamps on either side.
Bike went missing between Thurs (8/11) mid-morning and Sat (8/13) mid-morning.
Do you know that existing laws actually HINDER Pgh police investigations of stolen bikes?
Nope. Me neither… But, sadly, it’s true.
Conclusion: The only way to help fight bike thieves is to change the existing laws.
Overview: If you report a stolen bicycle to the police—providing the very importantserial number—this number gets entered into a digital police report. On the surface, this is good, right? The problem is that NOBODY can check this number if the bike is being sold by the thief — not bike dealers, not pawn shops, or consumers buying bikes from Craigslist!
Sounds pretty dumb. This can’t be true, is it? Well, read the following and decide for yourself.
Yesterday, this current inadequate legal framework was confirmed by (the very nice, but equally flummoxed) Detective Sanchioli (City of Pittsburgh Police, Zone 4, Burglary Division). Apparently, and unless the City of Pittsburgh Police are badly mistaken, allowing stolen bicycle serial numbers to be searched by non-police (even registered bike dealers and pawn shops) is currently not possible because it is some kind of “privacy violation” in Pennsylvania.
What this means to bicyclists: Any used bike you buy off Craigslist could be stolen. Even a bike shop buying a used bike could be buying a stolen bike—even if these bikes were reported to the police! There is simply no way to know if you don’t see a receipt showing proof of purchase.
Here’s where things get even crazier, illustrating how existing laws actually AID and ENCOURAGE bike thieves.
Say your intrepid thief sells the bike to a pawn shop. Existing laws require pawn shops to request and record photo id, name, and address of the seller— AND to file a report that only the police can see. Sounds good so far. However, not only is the pawn shop unable to see serial numbers of stolen bikes reported to the police, pawn shops are not required by law to list the serial number in their report. (What exactly this database looks like, I have no idea since I don’t have access. Anecdotally, I was told by a pawn shop that they simply give a basic description of the bike, such as the brand and color.)
The pawn shop can then immediately sell the bike (no review or approval by the police is needed or performed). If the buyer pays in cash, there is absolutely no record of who (unwittingly) purchased your stolen bike. If the buyer uses a credit card, you may have a chance of finding a record.
So… somehow (with a generous helping of unicorns and rainbows) City Detectives are expected to read and memorize all the reports from pawn shops AND all the police reports. Then something in the pawn shop report is supposed to mentally trigger a match between police reports (with serial numbers) and pawn shop reports (with brand and color). In short, despite having a database and required reporting for pawn shops, there is NO WAY to digitally search for a match, either by the police or by pawn shops.
Am I the only one who thinks the lack of digital search capability for serial numbers seems crazy in this day and age?
Add to this that in Pittsburgh, there is only ONE detective per zone (of which there are six zones for the entire city) that will be in charge of making this magical connection (depending on whether it was a vehicular theft, or a break-in to your house).
Cliff’s Notes about My Stolen Bikes:
Two very nice mountain bikes were stolen from my LOCKED roof rack (Yay, Thule!) on Christmas Eve, 2015. (Joy to the World, right?). Police were notified and a report was filed, with serial numbers. No recovery, however.
Yesterday, a FANTASTIC bicycling friend of mine (whose name I would shout out here, but won’t without their approval), FOUND my wife’s bike on Craigslist! Yes, EIGHT months after it was stolen. It was posted by a pawn shop, for sale. I contacted police for instructions and was told to go there and verify it was mine and they would come to retrieve it with me. Luckily, the bike was indeed my wife’s (and the serial number matched the police report and my purchase receipt—which is the only way to really know).
The police came down and it turns out that the pawn shop did their due-diligence and reported the bike to the police, not once, but twice. No response from the police that this was stolen. They (reasonably) thought the bike was clean. That said, the pawn shop did have records on the seller (who will be issued a warrant for their arrest!), as they were required to do. All legitimate on their end. Sadly, rather than simply pick up the bike, I had to purchase the bike from them for the amount they paid the thief…. such is the law.
(In truth, I was very nervous about how all this would go down, suspecting something shady; however, I ended up very impressed with this pawn shop—and they were nice people, too. Even the police told me these folks were great).
It turns out that the same thief ALSO sold the other stolen bike (mine) to the same pawn shop back in January, a month or less after it was stolen. The pawn shop filed two reports, as is their habit for items that they suspect might have been stolen. No response from the police for that one either. My bike was then sold to someone who paid cash; thus, the pawn shop has no record of the buyer. I will likely never see this bike again, and if I do, some poor sap will have to give up a stolen bike that they thought was legitimately purchased.
Summary: the police missed two different opportunities to identify bikes being reported to them by a pawn shop. One was recovered because a friend was on their toes; the other will likely never be recovered now, even though it easily could have been.
So, what’s a better solution?
Good ideas are welcomed here—especially given that the current laws don’t seem to help consumers much; and, as in my case, can actually make recovery even harder, if not downright impossible.
It seems that the simplest solutions might include:
Item 1: The police would have a publicly available website where ANYONE could search for stolen bikes. Enter the serial number and the answer would display “Stolen bicycle” with a button to contact the police, or “No theft reported”.
This is similar to the website bikeindex.org that consumers can use. https://bikeindex.org/stolen (I register our bikes there, but pawnshops aren’t required to search this).
Item 2: Allow pawnshops to search the police database of stolen serial numbers, or if Item #1 is done, require pawnshops to use this method.
Item 3: Failing either method is to put a little power in the consumer’s hand (you know, the person who is highly motivated to find their bikes). Require pawnshops to also search bikeindex.org, in addition to filing their generic report to the police, in case a bike owner has registered their theft on a publicly searchable database.
(If any of the above is factually incorrect, I apologize in advance. Please let me know and I’ll endeavor to correct it!)
My bike was stolen from the locked storage locker in the basement of our apartment building. Someone cut the lock off the unit and took the bike sometime in the last week of August.
It is a 2007 women’s Specialized Sirrus Hybrid in almost perfect condition. It is blue with white hawaiian flower decals on the frame. At the time it was stolen it had a water bottle holder, a Specialized brand bag under the seat, and a Cateye brand speedometer attached. The pictures are stock photos of the model, but it is accurate except for the after-market features.
I would really appreciate any help in recovering my bike. If you have information, please call or text 716-480-7993.
Specialized Bike Stolen on the Northside
Last Tuesday (9/6/16) at 10:30am my bike was stolen from the Warhol Museum on the Northside.
The bike was a black 2016 Specialized Crosstrail Disc, and had only been on the road for a month when they cut the lock and rode off. The serial number ends 415L.
It was a great commuter, and I really miss it every day I ride the bus to work.
Any info please call or text 412-251-4142
Late 1970s/early 1980s Peugeot stolen from my apartment in the Point Breeze/Wilkinsburg area. The bike has a black and white Nashbar seat, black bottle cage, black Tektro brake levers, silver Tektro brake calipers, black and silver Shimano derailleur, and a Shimano mega-range freewheel. The bike no longer has the rear rack and fenders that are shown in the image. The bike also has two bands of red reflective tape added to the handlebars and seat post since the image was taken. See image of the bike here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3pWOHmNS5w6VGlyUFdmZW40Vlk
If seen, please contact Andrew at 717-503-6299.
2014 Orange Jamis Coda Sport stolen from Panama Way in Bloomfield between 10:30PM on 9/22 and 8:30AM on 9/23. There was a Blue October sticker on the seat stay. Front brakes needed fixed, had some gold duct tape on it to keep it in place temporarily. Also, had a front light that had gold duct tape on it to keep in place.
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