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Spotted this morning on Damen just south of Augusta. I originally thought that a car had run into the bike rack and knocked it over, but the completely unblemished street light pole a couple of feet away made me think that someone removed this rack to steal a bike. Has anyone seen this before? I thought those racks were indestructible.

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No reports at the registry this far-- will post to this thread if any come in.

This was definitely done by a motor vehicle pushing it over, as evidenced by the bent bolts.
A U-lock couldn't be slipped past the baseplate, so this was not a theft attempt.
And smashing into bike rack to steal a bike? You're going to damage the bike AND your car. You'd have to be an idiot and/or driving a stolen car to attempt this.

envane x said:
A U-lock couldn't be slipped past the baseplate, so this was not a theft attempt.
Don't forget - we have a lot of crazy drunk drivers in the city. There's a restaurant on the corner - the entrance has been destroyed TWICE by crazy drunks piloting large SUVs.
It looks like the concrete gave and not the bike rack.
I reported it to 311, for what that's worth (usually worth something but I think the request goes directly to the bike program, which I've surmised is on furlough due to the budget crisis.)

Walking to the store a little while ago . . . come upon a parked car with its trunk all the way open and a dissembled mid-high end Trek aluminum bike in it (with a floor jack and such).
I stand there dumbfounded . . . no-one around, look around the corner. Nobody anywhere.
Finally closed the trunk and moved on but if anyone sees me on some sort of hidden camera expose* let me know.

*how do you due the accent on a windoze peecee?
Word to the wise, never touch any part of a scene like that. Listened to a podcast about a couple that happened upon an abandoned car scene ... long story short ... it was a setup by police and the guy (who thought he was doing right by opening the trunk and looking for the missing driver) was booked / thrown in jail. Call 311 again and report.

H3N3 said:
I reported it to 311, for what that's worth (usually worth something but I think the request goes directly to the bike program, which I've surmised is on furlough due to the budget crisis.)

Walking to the store a little while ago . . . come upon a parked car with its trunk all the way open and a dissembled mid-high end Trek aluminum bike in it (with a floor jack and such).
I stand there dumbfounded . . . no-one around, look around the corner. Nobody anywhere.
Finally closed the trunk and moved on but if anyone sees me on some sort of hidden camera expose* let me know.

*how do you due the accent on a windoze peecee?
Oh jesus, did I really write "due?"

Anyways, it was the bike rack I reported to 311, not the open car trunk.
There are a number of things 311 can do but something like this is not one of them-- you'd be transferred to 911, and then made a monkey out of by the 911 operator.
On that note someone who shall remain nameless proclaimed on the CM list a week or so ago that one should call 311 to report cars parked in bike lanes-- way to out yourself as someone who's obviously never called 311 to report a car in the bike lane while imploring others to do so. Same deal, transferred to 911.

I really, really doubt anyone's gonna stage a sting operation in my neighborhood; although it was in camera range of a county building, the police around here don't pay one iota of attention to property crimes.
BTW, for future reference, when anyone sees something like this, I'd recommend the following order of events:

1) Report to 311
2) (optional) Tell the folks on the internet about it

Kind of important that the rack gets back into the right place, if not immediately remounted-- if Streets and San get it it will end up in the back of a hangar somewhere, for the rest of time; if the scrappers get it, bye-bye.

There also may be people who read fora such as this who've been wanting to snag one for a while . . .
thanks everyone for making me feel better, sort of... guess it was a car and not bike thief after all.
heather stratton said:
thanks everyone for making me feel better, sort of... guess it was a car and not bike thief after all.

It could have been a drunk SUV driving bike thief.

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