My post from Craigslist:
If you or anyone you know had 2 bikes locked together, and locked up, outside of CHICKPEA on Chicago, just West of Damen.... let them know. I have them safe in my garage.
Last night around 1am we witnessed a black man in a white van trying to steal them. He got the lock off that held the 2 bikes to the bike rack, but didn't get the bikes before we saw him and pulled over to stop him. We called 311, but the cop said if she took the bikes they would go straight into inventory. So...we took them and decided to be good bike owners. I would hate if we had left them and that guy had come back to take them.
So! I hope you read this. Your bikes are safe, although the seat on the black one is missing.
If they're yours, send me an email and tell me what kind of bikes they are and what brand seat is on the red one. I would love to get them back to their owners!!
Someone wanted more details and was pretty rude about it, so then I posted this:
Black man. Shaved head. About 5'10", 220lbs. Big white conversion van with tinted windows in the back, none on the side. He was using a skillsaw to cut the lock and covered it with a black tarp. I only noticed what was happening because sparks were flying out from under the tarp. I pulled over, he drove off. He cut the lock that held them to the rack, but not the one locking them to each other.
I have the license plate number, and gave it to the police officer. She believes it's a guy from Maywood who has done this before. In fact, she's sure of it.
Sorry if my first post lack all these details, dick. I'm just trying to get these people their bikes back. The cop told me that if she took them, they would end up in a police auction. She told ME to take them and thought my idea of putting up a Craiglslist post was fantastic. I was not about to leave them there unlocked, cause I knew the jerkface bike theif would come back for them.
Email me at email@example.com if they are yours!
Marne's back wheel got stolen outside of New Wave Cafe on Milwaukee. There was an eyewitness who saw the guy get out of the car, steal the wheel, and get back in. The witness got a description of the guy, his car and his license plate #, and stuck around to give the info to the police. Marne was told "Nothing will be done about this, I'm just filling a report. You have to go to the station to file a another report to get someone assigned to the case." After 3 visits to 2 different stations we gave up. We later, by chance met the guy who bought her stolen wheel from (we verified this) the guy who took it. The police apathy to the bike theft problem is maddening. What more would they need to nab this guy, an Fing video? By the by the guy drives a Grayish Honda sedan. I will be posting his License # on CCM, BCHI, Face book, but not here so this pose does not get pulled. Email me if you want it.
FYI we got the search on the Stolen Bike Registry fixed.
Reports have been streaming in at a scary rate the past few weeks.
We'll keep an eye out for any new listings reported stolen from these coordinates.
Thanks for intervening, and for the detailed information. The description definitely is a match for the guys we keep recovering stolen bikes from at the Swap-O-Rama, and the "white van" has been purported to be the epicenter of downtown and north side bike theft for several years.
We need to get this guy on film stealing a bike.
There are 18 white vans :-) That whole Swap parking lot is full of white vans ;-)
Good for you for doing such a service! You scored some karma bonus points!!!
Has anyone been checking the Swap-o-Rama in Melrose Park for stolen bikes? If this guy is from Maywood, that would be his closest fencing spot.
Sarah Layton said:Good for you for doing such a service! You scored some karma bonus points!!!