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Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2017 3:07 a.m. PST

Grrrrr!!!! My glorious Giant bike is stolen!? Out of my Mom's breezway??!! By someone who had the stupidity to ask for a glass of water first???!!! I gave a good description to the cop who came over. He said he's probably the guy he's already looking for. The bike is not light, in fact it is heavy. And it was locked. There was a white car paused on the side of the road just past my Mom's driveway, but the guy just walked south past it as if he didn't notice it. The car probably works with him. The bike is probably stuffed in the trunk with the front wheel off and seat out and the back seat leaned forward, etc.

My glasses are gone as well. Various items in the panniers, such as bike lights, bungee cords, pump, even my sweat soaked ball cap and sweatband. Huh!

I drove my Mom's car home, got the serial number to the cops, and called Art Ball to warn him that his '59 Triumph had likely been scoped out, because the side door to the garage was open (I am pretty sure I had closed it) and the doors to the grey cabinet in front of his car were wide open, and I know that they were closed.

Tuesday morning: Eaaarly, c. 4:00. I haven't been to sleep yet, other than dozing off, putting away the book, three times already, turning out the light, and lying there thinking. So for me, it is still Monday night. No sleep necessary for the brain dead, that's what I am thinking. My mind is thinking, my brain is dead, or part of it is anyway. The part that remembers doing things a definite way. You see, the cop wasn't convinced when I said, "My bike was locked." He didn't say a word. He saw the situation thus: This guy, (moi) had a bike in the breezeway, someone came along, saw it and rode off. Simple. Done. I, of course, recall with ninety-nine percent clarity (I would say one hundred percent, except that last week convinces me otherwise, "evermore"): riding up, checking the empty mailbox, continuing up to the breezeway, getting off and swinging my bike around to its place, where the front wheel brushes up against the siding, putting my helmet and leg bands in the garage, going back out and opening one end of the left (near) pannier, moving my hat and gloves out of the way and pulling out the lock. My keys are already in my left hand, with the bike lock key in my fingers. In goes the key, twist, open, pull shank off, bend down, carefully slide the lock over the rear forks and through the spokes, so's not to bump any paint with the metal ends of the "U", then reinsert the shank, opposite end first, locking end last, twist key and remove. Stand upright, move to the door and ring the doorbell (keys are back on my belt). Done it hundreds of times (thousands, if you count all the times I have locked my bike the exact same way everywhere I ride and leave it somewhere even for a few minutes, e.g. always when I go into the credit union). And only forgotten to lock my bike a handful of times over the years. Not yesterday, though. Except that, yesterday, my bike vanished. And the obvious correlation is that, despite all protestations from me to the contrary (my brain practically screaming at me, "I REMEMBER locking my bike!"), I did not lock my bike. The thief rode away on it.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

So sorry to hear this…people really do suck at times, don't they?

It seems you provided the policeman w/a lot of good info and that is always a big help.

Best wishes for a positive outcome!

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 7:06 a.m. PST

Wednesday morning: In c. an hour I will be at Taylor's Bike Shop as they open. I'm replacing the whole shebang, of course. Can't be waiting around for the cops to find my stolen bike. And if/when they ever do, I'll sell it. One must move on.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Jul 2017 12:27 p.m. PST

have you called the local pawn shops, bike shops, and checked craig's list and other places to see if there trying to unload it somewhere?

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2017 5:28 a.m. PST

Sorry to hear that. I think napthyme gives good advice.

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2017 7:10 a.m. PST

Are sellers required to post the serial numbers? The cop who took my info said that Pawn shops are required to run the serial numbers, and stolen bikes come up "stolen" and they refuse them and call the police. So my calling pawn shops would be superfluous.

I now have a new bike.

That is the only good thing that comes out of the results of thievery: you get new stuff! (that's a ridiculously long reach to find something positive out of this, I know…………)

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

Aaand, in the "local NooZ" (I mean really local, and very current), I just got off the phone with a Murray police officer, who said that "your bike has been pawned". And, "Do you think that you could recognize the individual?" I said, probably. So around the 24th, he'll be back in town and will drop by with some pictures, and if I point to the same guy who pawned the bike, they can charge him with both offenses. Cool! And silly. It does sound like "my bike" will be in good shape, though. So when I sell it I should be able to get a good price. I will tell the story of why I am selling it, which should increase its appeal: almost brand new, fully equipped (I am assuming), and one owner. Heh! Technically that is true.

What a screwy world.

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