Bikes Stolen 2016

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jonawebb
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This thread is for reporting bikes stolen. Pittsburgh has been seeing a surge of bikes stolen lately, and we thought it deserved its own thread.
When your bike is stolen, you should report it here and on the BikingPgh.com Wiki page. The Wiki is easier to search than a message board, and is looked at by a lot of people. So please take the time to make an entry there.
Include these things in your report: 1) A description of your bike; 2) A photo of your bike; 3) When and where it was stolen; 4) How to reach you if someone sees it.
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR BIKE’S SERIAL NUMBER IN YOUR REPORT! This is used by the police to verify that you actually own the bike, so you should keep it private.
To upload a photo here, first post the picture somewhere, for example Google+, Flickr, or Instagram, and make it publicly visible. Copy the image URL, and include it in your post here, enclosed in an “img” tag (see the HTML tags below the edit window for the syntax).
To edit the Wiki, you’ll need an account. PM me, @reddan, or @ted to get an account. Include your username and email. You can then edit the Wiki page directly. Look at the page for examples on how to structure your edits.
Good luck on getting your bike back. People do recover their bikes here, so please post.
If your bike hasn’t been stolen, please take a look at the Wiki and keep an eye out. You may make someone very happy!
Keeping your bike safe:
* You need a U-lock. A cable lock is not enough; a thief with a tool that can be carried in their pocket can cut the cable easily in seconds. See this video if you don’t believe this.
* This thread has a lot of good background info. Love your bike, lock it right
* There is also information on the Biking Pittsburgh Wiki on this: http://bikingpgh.com/index.php?title=Main_Page#Locking_and_Theft_Prevention
Tips and tricks
* Keep your U-lock key on a helmet strap, if you don’t have a better place to put it. A U-lock is no good if you don’t have the key.
* Every couple of months, oil the lock and make sure it works freely.
* If you are concerned about someone swiping your bike off the front of a bus–which has happened–keep a short bungee cord handy to wrap around the wheel that’s on the driver’s side when mounting. A thief isn’t likely to notice this.
* DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BIKE LOCKED ON YOUR PORCH! Many bikes were stolen from porches in 2015! Thieves are quite willing to go onto your porch late at night, cut through your lock or whatever it is attached to, and take your bike! Find a way to take your bike indoors at night.


jonawebb
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Adding the two bikes stolen already this year. I’ll also put them on the BikingPgh.com wiki.
So my (http://bikepgh.org/mb/users/jdm135/) bike was stolen this morning at 3379 Parkview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. I am located across the Boulevard of the Allies. My bike is a Black and Red 2013 KHS model. The bike was stolen from my front porch and has some obvious identifying features such as the sport rear fender pictured.
Please text or call me at 724-699-4816 if you see my bike!

Catalina’s Raleigh 2015 Detour 2.5, white size small with very cute woodpecker bell has been stolen!

Contact Jane Kaminski (http://bikepgh.org/mb/users/skipdip/) at Bike Pittsburgh


tedbentley
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My road bike was stolen while locked on Sunday morning between 9:00 and 10:00 am, 1/31/2016, from the corner of 18th and Carson Street just out of sight from Delanie’s Coffee Shop. It is a 2010 GMC Denali. It is a blue, 21-speed (3 X 7) road bike with recently installed Tektro brake levers and rear rack. It has the spoke magnet and wiring for a Cateye 7 cycling computer also. The handlebars were rececently retaped with blue tape and a bell was attached on the right side. A blue plastic water bottle holder is mounted on the downtube along with a mini pump mounting bracket. Various repair materials and tools were stolen with the seat pouch as well. A photo of the bike can be found at:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jKya8uIiTrMuF1Hl4yZNkm5QU3tXoxW8qhvEInyDyvAk0jeqJln0QoNSrzdylRTtyz7o=w140-h128-p


Cyclist@heart
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my name is Scott I manage the performance bike shop in East Liberty we were broken into and they stole a 2016 Charge Cooker Maxi 2 Fat bike
http://media.performancebike.com/images/performance/products/product-hi/31-4096-BLU-SIDE.jpg?resize=700px:700px&output-quality=85 please let me know if you see it around the city 412-661-0729


awguff
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My mountain bike was stolen at North Park (Pie Trainer) Saturday February 27th around noon. It was a Trek Top Fuel, White, Red and Black. Please let me know if you see it. A police report was filed with the Allegheny County Police who can be reached at 724-312-5846 or call/text me directly at 724-312-5846.

Picture of the bike can be seen here:

https://plus.google.com/100691832994463877614/posts/TgemyAzKEgj


paulheckbert
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Recently seen: a back yard with a suspicious pile of bicycles, among them:
Polaris Scrambler full susp mtn bike, black & red
Rockslide purple kids’? bike
Coyote? black hybrid? bike
Roadmaster white & blue hardtail mtn bike
Magna Glacier? red hybrid bike
Schwinn Traverse red hardtail mtn bike
and others

Are any of these missing? If so, contact me and I can direct you to the location.


rlclarinet
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My Brand new Specialized Crosstrail was stolen today from Carnegie Mellon’s campus outside West Wing and Resnik today, 3/11/16. Those residence halls are not far from Forbes, Margaret Morrison ave, and Morewood Ave, between 8:30am and 1pm
It has a brass bell, back rack and black fenders
. Police report is filed-if anyone does happen to see it let me know ASAP, you can pm me or reply to this comment
https://www.instagram.com/p/BC0317luOvYp9xXAh5MFyC8jd459vf3JL7lXEY0/?taken-by=rlclarinet


bicycle heaven
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I had someone bring one by I think it was on the 10th but no fenders and seemed odd,,they would not give me I.D so I passed on it ,,A GRAY SILVER COLOR ,,,what color ? and was it on the 10th


rlclarinet
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Bicycle Heaven-It is an all black frame with red lettering. I’m going to repost with a new link and added description:

https://plus.google.com/100704456230698221821/posts/JNm5X85BzfQ?pid=6262406241468277826&oid=100704456230698221821

My Brand new Specialized Crosstrail was stolen today from Carnegie Mellon’s campus outside West Wing and Resnik today, 3/11/16. Those residence halls are not far from Forbes, Margaret Morrison ave, and Morewood Ave, between 8:30am and 1pm
It is all black with some red lettering on the frame (Specialized) has a brass bell, back rack and black fenders
. Police report is filed-if anyone does happen to see it let me know ASAP, you can pm me or reply to this comment


chrishent
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Not long after Dirty Harry’s was broken into, now it’s ProBikes’ turn:


Mikhail
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Just before it was Performance. And it was fat bike too.


edronline
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They are all going to have to put up those metal gates behind their windows, like Dunham’s in the Waterworks did. Sad.


chrishent
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So Performance, Dirty Harry’s and ProBikes have all had break-ins within the last month or so, and they all had fat bikes stolen. Hmm…


edronline
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Wonder why. What makes them so special to steal? Obviously the thieves know.

I just bought a bike from Dirty Harry’s today to show solidarity, but I can’t afford any more at the other stores.


bicycle heaven
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Bicycle Heaven busted over 15 people just in the last year selling stolen bikes and went to court for the police to put a few of them in jail.My time and losing work and lots of money.I set up my own sting with video I.D. and paid for the bikes to get that done.The bikes got returned to the owners and some gave us some money back but most did not.It just takes so much work I don’t know if I can keep that kind of lose going this year and with some people thinking that’s the place stolen bikes go its just not worth it.B.H buys used bikes but you better have I.D. fill out the paper work and have you face on video,,,,or face the chance to go to jail,,,,,I think any bike shop should invest in the best video / inside and outside the shop like we do,,,,,,,, bicycleheaven.org as seen in the New York Times


gg
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“Wonder why. What makes them so special to steal? Obviously the thieves know.”

I have been riding in some sketchy areas for years and used to ride a pretty fancy fixed gear and NEVER had anyone even look at my bike, but as soon as I started riding a fat bike I get comments ALL the time and to be honest, I was more comfortable on my fixed than this fat bike as far as attention goes in the tougher neighborhoods. I have no idea why, but I am more cautious on my fat bike to be honest. This has been MY experience over years of cycling and over a year on a fat bike which I do enjoy riding. Nice and cushiony for my old bones.


edronline
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I guess the answer is profit margin from my internet search. Takes the same amount of time but the amount you can get for it whole or parts is higher. My uneducated guess is that fat tire bike thieves aren’t doing this to get their heroin. Targeting bike stores is a higher risk than randomly stealing one off a rack. Probably a more involved ring. Thus I bet the bikes head out of state too or maybe stripped to parts and sold on eBay. Just a guess.

http://www.adn.com/article/20160110/wintertime-bike-thefts-rise-fat-tire-biking-grows-popularity


Marko82
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I think if you were going to take the risk to break into a store to steal something to resell, you would take more than one bike. It’s more likely that these bikes are being ridden by the thief who took them.


bicycle heaven
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I think Marko82 is right,,i don’t think its for a resale,,i bet they are using the bike,,keep an eye out for it


edronline
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That’s a really good point Marko. You’re right. If you are running a ring you’d want to maximize profits and steal a poop ton for the effort.

They’re asshats no matter what.


chrishent
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(from other forum threads)

Dirty Harry’s got robbed again last night:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153854257450210&id=339465100209

Performance also got hit again this weekend.


bicycle heaven
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they need to put GPS systems on the bikes front row so they can be taken,,,,,,come on kids its that easy bait bikes


edronline
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Time to buy the retractable NYC security bars. Insurance will require something after two robberies in a very short period of time.


WillB
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A friend of mine saw her stolen bike on a craigslist ad, and the Zone 4 police helped her get it back in a sting on the seller. Turns out he had a few other bikes in his truck along with tools for breaking locks. One of them was a black Cannondale, red lettering, with straight bars, which I can post of picture of if someone can explain to me how to do that. For other folks with stolen bikes recently, you might want to check with Zone 4 to see if they have yours.

Pretty great work from the Pittsburgh PD, they were really responsive and my friend had nothing but good things to say about her interaction with them.


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jonathan.ownbey
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Bicycle Heaven busted over 15 people just in the last year selling stolen bikes and went to court for the police to put a few of them in jail. … I set up my own sting with video I.D. and paid for the bikes to get that done.

Perhaps you could setup a fund for people to donate to the cause. I’d certainly throw in a few $$ for that. Keep up the good work if you’re able.


bicycle heaven
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Thank you,,i thought about that and talked to many people about it,The police more or less said don’t even think about it. A bait bike would be so easy to set up but the police dont want to do it,,,Think about it you set up a bike someone takes it then what,,you cant take him down hurt the guy ,,the good guy ends up in jail,,,,In the summer I would get at least 2 bikes a week that someone wanted to sell us a stolen bike,,,yes that many.I just turn them down and off they go,but I think about how many people who could get busted .


edronline
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This is small potatoes crimes for them, unfortunately.


jonathan.ownbey
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I don’t find that surprising considering that the Pittsburgh police department is having difficulty hiring enough officers right now.


Forresttrimble
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I just had my novara flyby stolen from my car that was parked in my driveway. i live at 202 edmond street in the Bloomfield area.
it most likely occurred between 5pm and 1am on 4/19/16
it is a white fold-able bike with a rack and fenders. the front reflector has been broken off.

Oops. I did a thing. #foldablebike #newtoy #impulse #notevenmad

A photo posted by Forrest Trimble (@fstrimble) on

please let me know if you have any info. a police report has been filed and i have contacted many of the shops in Pittsburgh as well
my email is forresttrimble@gmail.com

Thanks
forrest


cpo3boy
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My gold 2008 Bianchi Volpe was stolen from my back patio in Shadyside. It happened as early as Wednesday, April 27, but most likely within the last 24 hours. I posted a picture of it on Instagram, and I will file a police report momentarily. https://www.instagram.com/p/BE1vvHSlyux/?taken-by=charlemaniac

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