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bike theft victim's revenge
« on: May 11, 2012, 15:21 »
Having been victimized several times myself, I love this story. Interesting that a thief would let someone take the bike for a test ride, usually the least trustworthy you are, the less trusting of others.

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Man sees his stolen bike on Craigslist, steals it back

Danny Lesh admits he’s a vigilante. But on Bike to Work Day, he’s a hero to bikers everywhere.

The Washington, D.C., man told DCist and local TV stations his bike was stolen, then posted for sale on Craigslist. Lesh says he responded to the ad, took his own bike for a “test ride,” and drove off with it. A spoke for a spoke, so to speak.

Lesh said his Cannondale was locked up with a cable lock on a friend’s porch when it was stolen Sunday. The next day, it was for sale for $100 on Craigslist (he says he bought it for $600 in 1998). Lesh says he was able to ID the bike through a unique sticker.

He called the number on the ad and arranged a meeting. On the way over in a cab, he called the police, but they declined to send an officer to the meeting. So Lesh just handled it himself. He says a man walked out of an alley with the bike, they haggled over the price, Lesh took the bike for the test ride, threw it in the trunk of the cab, and left.

He’s since taken more action, posting Craigslist ads about other bikes being sold by a person with the same phone number. He links to ads that have all been taken down, meaning the thief has sold the bikes or been caught. Hopefully the latter.

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2012/05/10/man-sees-his-stolen-bike-on-craigslist-steals-it-back/
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 15:45 »
    Having been victimized several times myself, I love this story. Interesting that a thief would let someone take the bike for a test ride, usually the least trustworthy you are, the less trusting of others.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2012/05/10/man-sees-his-stolen-bike-on-craigslist-steals-it-back/

    Justice! I love it when things like that happen.

    A few months ago, some cretin in an outsized SUV failed to stop as I was walking across a pedestrian crossing near my home. He wasn't even looking. Inches from being knocked down, I was furious. I actually wished a crash on him, which normally I would not do.

    Then, as I reached the safety of the far kerb, I turned just in time to see him crash (at low speed, admittedly) into the back of the last car in a line waiting at a junction.

    Great to see you here, MI. Please stay around a bit longer this time.  ;D
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 15:53 »
    Good man, could never recover my stolen bike. That most likely got sold in the black market somewhere. Mind, it wasn't a precious bike, just a cheap one, but still.
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 16:12 »

    Great to see you here, MI. Please stay around a bit longer this time.  ;D

    Just trying to post enough so that they will at least let me see the doping forum.
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 16:53 »
    Just trying to post enough so that they will at least let me see the doping forum.

    The doping forum is very chilled here  ;)
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 18:24 »
    The doping forum is very chilled here  ;)

    As chilled as the proverbial bag of blood ;D

    Though I confess we're seriously lacking technical medical expertise, which makes someone like MI essential.

    Sorry for the grievous OT. :S
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 18:28 »
    As chilled as the proverbial bag of blood ;D

    Though I confess we're seriously lacking technical medical expertise, which makes someone like MI essential.

    Sorry for the grievous OT. :S

    Chilled but full of public info, just not the ins and outs of some stuff.

    more facts, less personal the way I look at it
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    Re: bike theft victim's revenge
    « Reply #7 on: May 25, 2012, 11:02 »
    Sounds a similar tale to a story of a woman and her stolen bike last year.
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