Recovery Stories

The Bike Index community was vigilant and got it off Craigslist!

Medium recovery 1186 Gabe Bike recovered 2019.9.10

I received a call from a pawn shop two hours from where I live. They told me someone brought the bike in to sell it. The shop looked up the serial number and noticed it was stolen, so they called me. They said it was a good thing we had it registered. We are so happy to have it back. Thank you!

Medium recovery 1184 Gretchen Bike recovered 2019.9.8

Boulder Police Dept found a number of stolen bikes, including mine. Going off the serial number, the officer found that my bike had been reported as stolen and contacted me.

Medium recovery 1183 Luke Bike recovered 2019.9.6

A wonderful man found it in an alley in Uptown. He was able to match the serial number and contact me because of this site. I never stopped looking for this bike and am so happy to be reunited. The man who found it knew it was a special bike and understood what it means to have your bike stolen.

Medium recovery 1182 Holly Bike recovered 2019.9.6

A local bike courier recovered my bicycle downtown and was able to locate me through the description I had on Bike Index, even though the original thief stripped the serial number off! Huge thanks.

Medium recovery 1181 Patrick Bike recovered 2019.9.6

Edmonton Police contacted me after they recovered it from a pawn shop that checked the listing on Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1180 Mike Bike recovered 2019.9.6

I was sure I would never see it again but I went to the police and filled out a report. One week later they told me they picked up a man riding it! Make sure that you not only fill out a Bike Index report, but also a police report. GET YOUR SERIAL NUMBERS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

Medium recovery 1179 Deanna Bike recovered 2019.9.5

Someone saw the bike listed on the Bike Index and then noticed the same bike up for sale on "OfferUp.' We were able to contact the seller and explain that he had purchased (from the guy that stole it) a stolen bike and agreed he should return the bike. Thanks to the Bike Index for the help.

Medium recovery 1178 David Bike recovered 2019.8.30

My friend was able to buy my bike back. Couldn’t have done it without Bike Index putting hella eyes on it. Crushing it! Thank you.

Medium recovery 1177 Ruth Bike recovered 2019.8.25

We arranged a sale on kijiji with the seller, police met us and recovered! Being able to show them our Bike Index posting made the whole process so much easier - all the important info in one place!

Medium recovery 1176 Ellie Bike recovered 2019.8.23

Local police found the bikes stashed under some brush by a nearby public dock. When they saw the uniqueness of the bike they checked the serial numbers and discovered that they were reported as stolen. We were contacted shortly after and we were able to pick up next day!

Medium recovery 1175 Shannon Bike recovered 2019.8.23

It was ditched a few blocks from where it was stolen, I believe it was through Bike Index that they were able to confirm it was mine.

Medium recovery 1174 Colette Bike recovered 2019.8.22

A fellow cyclist saw it and searched it in Bike Index. He contacted me and shared the location, and we met and retrieved it.

Medium recovery 1173 Eric Bike recovered 2019.8.21

Contacted local police to go for a meeting with OfferUp seller. I had pictures, serial numbers, and was able retrieve my bike. Seller had other bikes, at least one of which I identified and notified owners via Bike Index. I hope a few more bikes are home and this launderer of stolen bikes is done.

Medium recovery 1171 Patrick Bike recovered 2019.8.16

Contacted local police to go for a meeting with an OfferUp seller. I had pictures, serial numbers and was able to retrieve my bike. Seller had a couple of other bikes, which I identified and notified owners via Bike Index. I hope a few more bikes are home and this launderer of stolen bikes is done.

Medium recovery 1172 Patrick Bike recovered 2019.8.16

Bike Index partner Stolen Bikes NOLA recovered it after being spotted by a group member. Amazing work and in less than 48 hrs!

Medium recovery 1170 Kourtney Bike recovered 2019.8.16

A good bike samaritan found the bike and looked it up on Bike Index where he found us -- he dropped it off at a bike shop near us where we picked it up. We got it back almost a year to the date from when it was stolen!

Medium recovery 1168 Cory Bike recovered 2019.8.15

Seattle Police Department recovered it after finding the bike marked stolen on Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1169 Elijah Bike recovered 2019.8.14

Someone found it stashed in an alley and searched for the serial number here!

Medium recovery 1166 Kelsey Bike recovered 2019.8.11

A Bike Index user saw it on Letgo. I was able to then follow up with the police.

Medium recovery 1167 Kris Bike recovered 2019.8.9

The police found it, ran the serial number and found that it was listed as stolen here. Thanks!

Medium recovery 1165 Jake Bike recovered 2019.8.8

EPS found the bike at a pawn shop and returned it to me using Bike Index

Medium recovery 1163 Craig Bike recovered 2019.8.7

Owner of an apartment building recovered the bike and contacted me through Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1164 Valeria Bike recovered 2019.8.6

Thank you! A Bike Index user alerted me about the posting 35 minutes after it had been posted! I contacted the Seattle PD non-emergency line, where I was instructed to meet the “seller” and wait for a squad car to meet me five blocks away. So glad to have my bike back!

Medium recovery 1162 Dylan Bike recovered 2019.8.6

Bend Police Department. A local business called in my bicycle reporting it looking suspicious outside the establishment. It was found not even a mile from the location where it was stolen. They police found me via Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1161 Jordan Bike recovered 2019.8.4

Police set up a buy and got it back with an arrest. They verified my ownership using Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1160 Mike Bike recovered 2019.8.2

An outstanding citizen who purchased the bike from found my bike using Bike Index and contacted me through here. Thank you so much!

Medium recovery 1153 Nick Bike recovered 2019.7.25

Thanks to the diligence Edmonton Police Service Recovery Unit and Bike Index. Bike was recovered in four days. You Rock!

Medium recovery 1154 Martin Bike recovered 2019.7.25

Police recovered it when doing another arrest. They ran the serial number and found my police report.

Medium recovery 1156 Melissa Bike recovered 2019.7.25

The police recovered the bike from the thief and checked Bike Index to see if it belonged to anyone on there. They contacted me and returned it! Thanks so much Bike Index!!!

Medium recovery 1157 Robin Bike recovered 2019.7.24

Sheriff's Department recovered it from burglar, afterwards they contacted me via Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1158 Jerrod Bike recovered 2019.7.24

The buyer contacted me after purchasing the bike. He found my contact info using Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1159 Brett Bike recovered 2019.7.23

Bike Index sent me a message after someone saw my bike on Craigslist. I contacted the local PD in the area where the bike was listed and they recovered it for me. Thanks Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1152 Rolf Bike recovered 2019.7.22

Recovered via Stolen Bikes NOLA, who got in touch with me using Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1151 Julie Bike recovered 2019.7.22

A pawn shop checked Bike Index, saw that it was stolen, and handed t in to the police.

Medium recovery 1150 Katarina Bike recovered 2019.7.19

County deputy called my phone number after checking Bike Index. I was one character wrong on my serial number but the description and photo got it connected back to me.

Medium recovery 1149 Kyle Bike recovered 2019.7.18

p:ear bike works recovered and ran the serial then called me!

Medium recovery 1145 Steven Farring Bike recovered 2019.7.13

The bike was purchased for a very low price, and when the new owners went home to look up the bike they realized it was worth a lot more than they paid for it. They looked up the serial on Bike Index and realized it was stolen. Thanks, Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1147 Alicia Bike recovered 2019.7.13

Someone purchased the bike without knowing it was stolen, discovered it on Bike Index and returned it with the help of your site and the Edmonton Police.

Medium recovery 1148 Huw Bike recovered 2019.7.13

With the help of Bike Index and the Edmonton Police Service. Thank you!

Medium recovery 1144 Court Bike recovered 2019.7.10

Bicycle Space Ivy City (DC) recovered my bike. They used the Bike Index to contact me afterwards!

Medium recovery 1143 Jane Bike recovered 2019.7.10

Security footage of the thief, putting up posters, and asking locals. They recognize the guy and the areas he is usually in. I drove around and spotted it chained up in a chain-link fence. The local police helped me retrieve it after confirming the serial number on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1142 Mike Miles Bike recovered 2019.7.9

Stolen Bikes NOLA recovery. They contacted me via Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1140 Heidi Bike recovered 2019.7.7

Bike Index helped the finder locate me and return my bike. Thanks!

Medium recovery 1139 Alex Bike recovered 2019.7.6

Thief was trying to trade the bike with a seller on Pinkbike. Seller realized thief knew nothing about the bike and thought it might be stolen. He found my bike on the Bike Index and contacted me. We worked with local police to recover the bike and arrest the thief.

Medium recovery 1138 Adam Bike recovered 2019.7.5

Sequim, WA Police department got a call from an honest citizen who found it in a storage locker rented by the thief.

Medium recovery 1137 Scott Bike recovered 2019.7.4

EPS found this bike, big shout out to them. They contacted me via Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1146 Tyler Bike recovered 2019.7.4

Someone sent me a link (through Bike Index) to a Facebook marketplace posting and my friends stole my bike back

Medium recovery 1135 Gabriel Bike recovered 2019.7.1

Boise Police Department used the picture on the Bike Index to positively match the bike at a local pawn shop.

Medium recovery 1133 Alyssa Bike recovered 2019.6.28

It was found by another user on the Bike Index. He purchased it from someone on the street and search the serial number in your database. So amazed it was found!

Medium recovery 1132 Rainie Bike recovered 2019.6.28