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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Stolen Bike!

    My bike a red Gary FIsher X-Cal was stolen out of my garage with my sister's snow board. In Laguna Hills, OC. My bike has 29 in. wheels and eregon grips, and a realy chewed up saddle. Please let me know if youv seen it asap!
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    Sorry to hear about the theft. Sucks big time.

    Any pics? Pics would most def help with identification.

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    I'll keep an eye out Matt. That sucks! Maybe the insurance co will replace it with a SuperCal? =)

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    Check the nearest illegal alien encampment.
    "Hesitation is the Mother of Failure!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Check the nearest illegal alien encampment.
    Here we go again you just opened up a Can - O - Worm's.

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    Yup

    Yes he did

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    sorry to hear....I leave mine locked - up in the garage
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    I feel your pain!

    One of mine was stolen out of my garage about two weeks ago! I feel apprehensive about even opening the garage long enough to drive my Jeep out now!

    I did notice a couple of guys in a green Toyota 4 Runner sitting on my street, staking out my garage just two days ago. I walked around the corner and noticed them and they immediately drove off.

    Time to bring the bikes inside I guess.

    Good luck, I'll keep my eyes open for both of our rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Check the nearest illegal alien encampment.

    Yeah, check out this "alien's" encampment as a bike gets repoed. He's cleverly disguised himself.


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    check craigslist

    too many methheads in socal. bummer. they just wait for something to steal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Check the nearest illegal alien encampment.
    What a tool.
    It wasn't me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Yeah, check out this "alien's" encampment as a bike gets repoed. He's cleverly disguised himself.
    this is the coolest link i have ever seen. caught red-handed haha.
    they should have flipped his beanie and sunglasses off so we all
    get a better profile of the thief. snap a pic and post it in a forum
    dedicated to bike thieves. lol

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    some pics from the VQ
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    That vid was awesome! I pray everyday that I get to catch a bike thief one day... DEATH PENALTY!!
    you like dags??

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    Bummer OC....

    I live in Aliso Viejo and I've seen guys drive around in a panel truck, checking side garage doors for easy access. One guy jumps out and checks the other keeps driving slowly. I work from my home office and heard them slow down and jiggle my side door. It was locked so they kept going. I now lock my bike in the garage and I hoping that's enuff (may or may not be). Anyhow, they would look like any other paint or construction crew, that's part of the problem. Hard to catch these guys unless your there.

    Good luck and if I see them again, I'll try to get a tag, but I bet they don't have one ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCaliking
    Bummer OC....
    I live in Aliso Viejo and I've seen guys drive around in a panel truck...
    Good luck and if I see them again, I'll try to get a tag, but I bet they don't have one ....
    If you have seen them, why haven't you called the sheriff?
    Well, I didn't expect the Spanish inquisition...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Check the nearest illegal alien encampment.
    What a tool indeed.

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    Nice video. We should put together an MTBR/Mission Impossible sting network <heeheeh>

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    bcs - what are you implying on that one ?

    I'm trying to help my neighbor out my friend and putting two and two together here after reading and speaking with many people in this area. If it happened again, I definately would, but wasn't exactly sure what was happening at the time.

    These guys move fast and, my guess is they don't want to fool around with locks and such. I'm gettting a big arse chain for my bike. Steal anything but my bike.

    Anyhow, I'll keep my eyes open and lets pull together constructively....

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    Not implying anything, friend. But if I saw these guys cruising down the street and rattling doors I would be on the cell phone to 911 and I would make sure to get a license plate #.

    At work 2 weeks ago we had a guy stroll in off the street, walk around the office right past people, and steal an employees wallet. Part of the reason the guy is successful at this (the sheriff told us he's done this dozens of times to businesses in our area) is that nobody questions the presence of a stranger strolling around the office. I'm just saying that when we see suspicious stuff we need to do something about it.
    Well, I didn't expect the Spanish inquisition...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howeler
    What a tool.
    Good grief Howeler (and Reesh). I'm not a "tool" dude!

    I have a friend work who also got his bike stolen out of his open garage and a few days later while driving to work caught an "illegal" riding it. He confronted the thief and got his bike back.

    I realize that tweekers also steal things. My son got his baja bug stolen from out in front of his friends house in Encinitas. A month later my son and I went to San Felipe Mexico and repoed it.

    Oh, and a couple weeks ago, my motorhome was broken into and ransacked.... You know, I hate thieves!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Yeah, check out this "alien's" encampment as a bike gets repoed. He's cleverly disguised himself.

    greatest ending to a vid ever. So sweet they got the rig back. my only hope was they first set up that dude by getting into a conversation, telling him they like his bike, ask him where he got it, and then start ramming all sorts of tech Q's at him about the build/components/etc. see what a d!ckhead he is and watch him squirm. then smack him down.

    Matt I hope your sit ends the same with return of bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde S Dale
    Yeah, check out this "alien's" encampment as a bike gets repoed. He's cleverly disguised himself.

    Isn't that Cam McCaul. I think it's him at least. Probably put into a new mtn bike video too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by protocol_droid
    Isn't that Cam McCaul. I think it's him at least. Probably put into a new mtn bike video too.
    I was thinking the same thing. Sure looks like him.

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    good one...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Check the nearest illegal alien encampment.

    the same folks who hate "illegal immigrants" so much are the ones that love to eat cheap carne assada burritos, fish tacos; also they are the ones that hire these same "illegals" to do their dirty work, landscaping, to pick vegetables and fruits in our farms and to clean our bathrooms...

    Of course when something bad happens, why not blame the poor workers instead of some meth addicted white trash (which is probably much more likely to have stolen the bike in first place)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnGoose
    the same folks who hate "illegal immigrants" so much are the ones that love to eat cheap carne assada burritos, fish tacos; also they are the ones that hire these same "illegals" to do their dirty work, landscaping, to pick vegetables and fruits in our farms and to clean our bathrooms...

    Of course when something bad happens, why not blame the poor workers instead of some meth addicted white trash (which is probably much more likely to have stolen the bike in first place)...
    Just like I said earlier "you have opened up" a Can -O- Worm's.

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    bcs -

    I'm trying to and this is the first step. They rolled down the street and were gone in a minute....Just trying to figure this out and make everyone aware of my thoughts, again, after putting the pieces together. Maybe it something, maybe not, lets be on the look out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudd
    Good grief Howeler (and Reesh). I'm not a "tool" dude!

    I have a friend work who also got his bike stolen out of his open garage and a few days later while driving to work caught an "illegal" riding it. He confronted the thief and got his bike back.

    I realize that tweekers also steal things. My son got his baja bug stolen from out in front of his friends house in Encinitas. A month later my son and I went to San Felipe Mexico and repoed it.

    Oh, and a couple weeks ago, my motorhome was broken into and ransacked.... You know, I hate thieves!
    And how did you know your bug was in San Felipe Mexico?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnGoose
    the same folks who hate "illegal immigrants" so much are the ones that love to eat cheap carne assada burritos, fish tacos; also they are the ones that hire these same "illegals" to do their dirty work, landscaping, to pick vegetables and fruits in our farms and to clean our bathrooms...

    Of course when something bad happens, why not blame the poor workers instead of some meth addicted white trash (which is probably much more likely to have stolen the bike in first place)...
    Very well said.

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    I saw a video on Youtube where a guy steals his own bike on a busy street with chain cutters and nobody does anything, don't even call the cops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4yydGUB88c

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    OC, that sucks... I think I helped you with a flat in Trabuco Creek the other day and that bike was pretty unique, if it's still local hopefully someone will spot it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE,
    And how did you know your bug was in San Felipe Mexico?
    Word came out of the county jail.
    "Hesitation is the Mother of Failure!"

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    I worked at a bike shop in Carlsbad for ten years and can tell you quite a few stories about recovering stolen bikes. I can not think of one time that we recovered a bike from an alein let alone a mexican. They were usually white guys and a few were tweakers.

    One story that sticks out is about a set of wheels. I was in the shop dealing with a customer and I see a guy get out of his car and grabs a pair of wheels out of the trunk. They were brand new Spinergys, one was red and the other was blue. As he walked in I told the customer that I was talking with "watch what happens here". The guy with the wheels walks up to my boss (Chewey) and tells him that he would like to sell his wheels. Chewey took the wheels from him and put them behind the counter and said yes I will buy them, he then asked if he had a receipt. The guy said yes I have a receipt but it is at home. Chewey told him to bring in the receipt and he would pay him for them. Oh yea somtime in the conversation Chewey asked him why one was a 26" and they other was 700c. The guy said that he wanted them that way. So as this is going on a third employee is in the office right behind Chewey calling the cops reporting that we had a person trying to sell a very expensive pair of stolen wheels. At this point I can't even remember what happened with the customer I was talking with. So the guy is ready to go get his receipt and wants his wheels and Chewey won't give them back. The guy is getting nervous and tells Chewey that "you have to give me back my property sir". Chewey tells him that he wants to pay him for the wheels he just needs to see the receipt. Theif says I am going to call the police, third employee says they are already on the phone and asked me for his license plate number. As the guy is still standing there I look outside at his car and read off his number oul loud. The guy leaves without his wheels. I stand in the doorway and tell the third employee wich way he is heading and he repeats it to the police. The police pull him over around the corner. I start calling all the shops in the area asking if they had gotten two wheels stolen recently. I figured because they were different sizes and different colors and brand new they must have been stolen from a shop. As I am on the phone a police woman comes in the shop and asked about the wheels. We explain the wheels to her and give them to her and I explain that I am calling to see where they were stolen from. She says that she believes that they are stolen but we need to find a victim or she can't do anything. She says the guy is on parole or probation (I don't know the difference) and was driving without a license so his car is being impounded, but we need to find a victim. I call every shop in the area and no one had a pair of wheels stolen. So I finally call the Spinergy rep. thinking he might have heard who had them stolen, he isnt there so I leave a message. First thing next morning I get a call from the rep. and I tell him the story as I start describing them he finishes the discription. He tells me that on friday nights he unloads his samples in his garage by the door and that on sunday he was out putting up his Christmas lights, he went went inside for a second and got sucked into a football game that was on tv and left his garage door opened. When he came back out the wheels were gone. I gave him the police officers phone number. Later that evening he calls me back and says that earlier when we were talking he didnt know what I meant when I refered to the thief as a tweaker but he now knows because the guy just came to his door asking fif he could pay him $500.00 for a receipt for the wheels that he had stolen from him. Can you believe that, a thief coming to you asking for a receipt for somthing that he stole from your house, oh yea the thiefs dad was waiting in the car for him. The thief was in his mid thirties. So the rep asked me what he should do and of course I said call the cops, well he was nervous because the guy knew where he lived. I told him that usually when someone gets caught with somthing stolen the story is that he bought it from the swap meet just like the guy in the video. I told him that this guy couldnt use that because he came back to where they were stolen from. He called the cops and the guy was arrested. The rep and Chewey later went to court and had to wait around all day and then finally the guy pleaded guilty or made a deal or somthing, either way he got caught. Just a story I thought you might enjoy.
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    Bonking ... not feelin' well Sorry to hear about the bike

    You'd think that living in Nellie Gail you'd be safe from that sort of sh*t... unfortunately Matt, you just can't let your guard down for a minute anymore.

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    I've ordered QuadraChain from St. Pierre. It's square linked to prevent sawing and too small to pry. Hope that helps.....

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    Sorry to hear bro. I got my eyes pealed in Santa Monica, Culver City and Venice for ya. But I do agree to check craigslist....it is a very easy way to traffic stolen bikes.

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    Dude....is this it? Looks like a different shock maybe. Same bike, I think.

    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/bik/304861715.html

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    nope but its the same frame and paint job
    thanks for keeping an eye out for me!
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    mmmm that pool looks inviting!

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    you know what im going to do. im gunna leave my bike out on the side of the street, and then hide out in the bushes and when that ahole mfer comes and tries to steal my bike ill jump out and tackle his ass then yell at him and tell him to not f with me again!!!! or ill break his foot and or leg so he cant steal another bike for a while!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I think it's unfair, and quite frankly racist, to just assume the "illegals" stealing bikes around here are all Mexican. Has any given any thought to the other border problem we have around here? Thats right, canadians.

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    any luck finding the bike?

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