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    Bike thief busted @ GBS

    I love these stories-thought I'd share - Nice job GBS

    Moots » BUSTED–

    Bear with me on this one…..

    I can’t speak for everyone out there, but I’m pretty sure we all know what it is like to have something stolen from us….bike, car, computer whatever it may have been or will be…that feeling in the pit of your stomach….violation, seperation….loss. Below is a small story about a stolen bike….and getting the owner back in the saddle.

    This past Monday we received a call from a shop in Golden Colorado (Golden Bike Shop) about a Moots Psychlo X Cyclocross bike they had taken in for repair. Sounds easy enough right?…not so much.The shop employee smelled something fishy, as in the bike didn’t fit the guy, the guy really didn’t seem like a “cyclist” and he wanted an estimate on how much it was worth (not only a theif, but a dumb one at that)….so the employee took the bike in and called us with the serial number. A look in our records revealed that the bike was sold to a shop in Pittsburgh, Pa in 2007. A call to the shop on our end and the dealer was able to provide a home number for the customer that had bought the bike. Next call to the number and we got in touch with his mom…who then told us that her sons apartment had been ransacked last Thursday night in Littleton, Colorado where he had been going to school…in total; 3 bikes, computers and pretty much anything that was in his home….all gone. She provided us with a cell number to her son. Next call to the son….he happened to be standing in his apartment with his father going through the insurance process. Letting him know we had a lead on his bike was great…you could hear it in his voice…he loved that bike and was torn apart to know it was out there….gone from his care. We connected him and the bike shop. Next, they worked with the police officer that was handling the case…they set up the catch.

    The shop called the number of the person that had left the bike….they let him know it was ready to pick up. Into the shop comes the customer…picks up the bike and rolls out the front door. Once outside the police were waiting for him and put the cuffs on him. Busted. Bike goes into evidence and once the case is finished Mike will be riding his Psychlo X ….that now has a bit more history.

    In the end it was a good feeling re-connecting an owner and his bike….

    Bike thieves beware….our close knit cycling brethren watches out for each other.
    Last edited by Pete Otis Towns; 02-11-2012 at 04:14 PM.
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    Awesome!

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    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! This post makes me very happy! I am glad the kid has his bike back and the thief was caught.

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    That's a great story! Glad to hear that the owner was reunited with his bike!
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    Great news. Having something stolen from you is a sickening feeling.

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    Now THAT'S a "full-service" bike shop!
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    awesome story, thanks for sharing

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    GBS ia an awesome shop
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    Nice job for the guys at moots to track down the real owner. Who else in the industry could do that for an owner?

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    Was he booked at the JeffCo jail?

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    Fan-bloody-tastic. GBS scores again! Nice work fellas.

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    Cut off his balls! That is great news!

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    GBS
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    idjits that steal

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    Keep an eye out 11 trek 9.9/2012 trek 9.8

    I'm glad to here it, we had our bikes stolen 3 weeks ago from our garage in boulder, scouring craigslist, mtbr, pink bike and ebay with no luck. both high end trek fuels 2011 9.9 and 2012 trek 9.8 , has anyone seen them?

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    Great job GBS, hopefully all bike shops will take a cue from such an accomplishment! 1 friggin thief at a time!

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    Nothing on the blotter yet. I'll be curious to see if anyone gets prosecuted and/or convicted.

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    Wish the dumbass thief had taken my bike to the shop as well - a pretty little carbon fiber Specialized stumpjumper, 1991 model. It was stolen Friday, 2/3, from out front of the Walrus in Boulder. If you see it, let me know - I'm offering a $150 reward. I even made a website for it:

    buffwantsbike.wordpress.com

    I don't have enough cred in this forum to post a real link or a picture, but if you go to my website you will find full details. If someone with cred wants to repost a working link or, even better, start a separate thread for this, I would be very much in his or her debt!

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    There you go:

    buff wants bike

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    busted the bastid

    strong work

    was it a tweaker?

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    Great work by the LBS.

    Hope the kid gets ALL of his stuff back, but the bike is a good start.

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    Now that's a feel good story.

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    Lesson learned: When fencing bikes, hire your own private mechanic.

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    finally something worth reading
    YYYEEEEHHAAAWW!

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