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Old 10-09-10, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
Don't get the cops involved, go visit the seller with a crowbar and threaten to kneecap them if they don't give you your money back plus another hundred for your troubles.... after they pay up, kneecap them anyway, they have it coming.
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This is the kind of thinking that makes America great!

BTW: a .45 caliber slug through each kneecap does an excellent job. Then finish 'em off with a cap in the head. The world needs fewer bike thieves, not more...
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Old 10-10-10, 09:53 PM
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This thread seems to be going in a rather reactionary and self righteous direction. Everyone seems to be assuming that the seller knew it was stolen. It is completely possible that they had no idea themselves. I would bet that anyone who buys off craigslist regularly has been guilty of buying stolen bikes. Do you check the serial number on every bike that you flip? Even if you did it might still be stolen just unreported.
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Old 10-12-10, 11:18 AM
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Xizang: You've got it exactly. The reason people are ok with bike thieves is because we do not pay bankers enough.
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Old 10-12-10, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by pitchpole View Post
This thread seems to be going in a rather reactionary and self righteous direction. Everyone seems to be assuming that the seller knew it was stolen. It is completely possible that they had no idea themselves. I would bet that anyone who buys off craigslist regularly has been guilty of buying stolen bikes. Do you check the serial number on every bike that you flip? Even if you did it might still be stolen just unreported.
You can plead all the ignorance you wish however in most states ignorance is not an affirmative defence.
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Old 10-12-10, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by pitchpole View Post
This thread seems to be going in a rather reactionary and self righteous direction. .
Violent is the word that comes to mind; someone has been watching too many Charles Bronson movies.
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Old 10-12-10, 05:36 PM
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In Ontario, my understanding is that, if someone buys your stolen bike and you want to reclaim it, they have to pay you the price you paid for it.. at least that's how it worked when I was working in a second hand bike shop in constant contact with 'the fuzz.'

Good on you, UWlanders! You are a good person.
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Old 10-13-10, 08:31 AM
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xizang, , really, let's keep that crap in P&R.
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Old 10-13-10, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
xizang, , really, let's keep that crap in P&R.
Thank you kindly sir!!

Back on to the stolen bike topic, . When buying a used bike how can one check to see if the bike is not a stolen bike? Call the company that makes the bike with the serial number? Check with the online stolen bike registry with the serial number/make and model, etc??
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Old 10-14-10, 08:31 PM
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Maybe you guys are right. Maybe it's just easier to take what you want. And if you get caught with it, you can explain that you bought it from some guy on the street corner.
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Old 10-14-10, 10:03 PM
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why don't the cops periodically check craig's list for stolen bikes/property?
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Old 10-15-10, 07:35 AM
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damn, stolen bikes and stolen fire arms! crazy!
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Originally Posted by RhythmRider View Post
why don't the cops periodically check craig's list for stolen bikes/property?
when i've had bikes, car radios, jewelry, etc. stolen. the cops have always told me to check CL, ebay and pawn shops if i wanted. otherwise just file an insurance claim. they are busy solving more important stuff and i am OK with that. if a cop is hunting down my bicycle, he isn't chasing done more violent criminals
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Old 10-15-10, 02:01 PM
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If you have a receipt you have proof they sold you stolen goods. If nothing else, save any email transactions you have as evidence in case they say, "never heard of him". I don't think CL will get involved, but you could probably proove they placed the ad by their email or IP info. Don't know if law enforcement would get that far into it.

Put a bunch of kiddy porn in the frame. Then the FBI will go after them...
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Old 10-16-10, 08:13 AM
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If you have a receipt you have proof they sold you stolen goods. If nothing else, save any email transactions you have as evidence in case they say, "never heard of him". I don't think CL will get involved, but you could probably proove they placed the ad by their email or IP info. Don't know if law enforcement would get that far into it.

Put a bunch of kiddy porn in the frame. Then the FBI will go after them...
Put a bunch of gunpowder in the seat tube. Then if it's stolen you can call the feds and tell them its a "pipe bomb" and have ATF go after your stolen bike!
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Old 10-16-10, 07:29 PM
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<the cops> are busy solving more important stuff
Ha! Good one. Thanks for the laugh. I needed it. I think I burn a J and read it again for some more guffaws.
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Old 10-17-10, 09:52 PM
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props for doing the right thing even if it's not the easy thing to do!
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Old 10-18-10, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mustachiod View Post
when i've had bikes, car radios, jewelry, etc. stolen. the cops have always told me to check CL, ebay and pawn shops if i wanted. otherwise just file an insurance claim. they are busy solving more important stuff and i am OK with that. if a cop is hunting down my bicycle, he isn't chasing done more violent criminals
Very good points. To add to your good comments, I try very hard to make it VERY DIFFICULT to steal my bicycles or motorcycles.
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Old 10-24-10, 08:44 AM
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Iranian Authorities Cut Off Hand of Thief

Published October 24, 2010 | Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners, state radio reported Sunday, in a possible step toward restoring the punishment to common use and carrying it out in public.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/10...ut-hand-thief/
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Old 10-24-10, 02:21 PM
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Clearly, the Iranians need to pay their bankers more.
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Too cruel. The other guy got the same punishment for stealing from a candy shop--how much candies could he have stolen to deserve losing a hand? I wonder how many handicapped people are seen on the street in these countries as a result of such punishment.
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Originally Posted by xizangstan View Post
Iranian Authorities Cut Off Hand of Thief

Published October 24, 2010 | Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners, state radio reported Sunday, in a possible step toward restoring the punishment to common use and carrying it out in public.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/10...ut-hand-thief/
We should let Iran show us the way towards a just society?
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We should let Iran show us the way towards a just society?
I would say only in the case of bicycle thieves.
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Old 10-24-10, 09:16 PM
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I'm seriously interested in knowing how you knew the bike was stolen?
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You did the right thing, I've taken a few bikes that I've seen improperly locked late at night that have just sat there night after night, called the police department and told them that I found the bike and instead of having someone steal it I just give it to them so they can track down the owner and give it back to them. Idk if that is pertinent though
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Small Claims court

Take the sellers to small claims court for the full amount you paid. Without deciding if they're innocent victims or bicycle thieves, they had no right to sell you the bike. It's up to them to go after the person that sold it to them (if they were also victims). See? Watching TV does have educational value--thanks, Judge Judy!!

I know it was a lot of money, but you absolutely, positively did the right thing. Karma will come back to reward you when you least expect it.

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