Thank you to everyone that kept an eye out. My bike was found on craigslist where pictures of it were posted and a friend helped me track down the location of the seller. Then the local authorities were called in. The Olympia PD formulated a plan to get the thief to meet a buyer at a gas station. Only no one was there to buy the bike, just two police officers waiting to bust em.
The key take aways from all of this were pretty easy to see after it all happened.
1- Lock your bike on your rack, no matter where you live or where you think you are. I was in Hood River where I trust everyone....this guy was not from HR and was just looking for an opportunity. My hitch rack made it an easy target. My bad, lesson learned.
2- Serial Numbers and photos are crucial to recovery and identifying it as yours. Know where those things are. I didn't have the serial number on this bike in my files. It was a warrantied bike so I only had my first frame number. Luckily my local bike shop (Mountain View) had my serial number on file and were able to share that with the police. It pays to shop local when you can.
3- Report it to the police ASAP that your bike was stolen. Don't wait around. My bike hit the internet 2 days after it was ganked off my rig. Had I waited he could have argued that I sold it to him or gave it to him to repay a debt.
Thanks again and it's good to have my stumpy coming home.
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