Recovery Stories

I was alerted via Bike Index about the sale of my bicycle on OfferUp. My friend took possession of the bike and informed the seller with proof that the bike had been stolen. None of this would've happened without his diligent checking against Bike Index and alerting me to the sale. translated from English

Medium recovery 1242 Andrew Bike recovered 2019.12.8

Bike Index partner Portland Police Bureau Bike Theft Task Force searched high and low and found my beauty this week! The bike was in great shape, even though it had been in a pretty rough place for nearly 2.5 months. Thanks guys! translated from English

Medium recovery 1241 Mike Bike recovered 2019.12.8

Stolen Bikes Edmonton and EPS texted me last weekend with a photo of the bike recovered by police. Confirmation received, and bike recovered! Thanks Bike Index, Stolen Bikes Edmonton, and Edmonton Police Services! translated from English

Medium recovery 1240 Aaron Bike recovered 2019.12.4

It was brought to a bike shop by the person who stole it for a tune-up and the shop ran the serial on Bike Index and contacted me. translated from English

Medium recovery 1239 Laura Bike recovered 2019.12.2

Someone from Bike Index found my bike on Kijiji and contacted me. Police and I recovered it with an under cover cop! translated from English

Medium recovery 1238 kirsti Bike recovered 2019.11.30

Through Bike Index someone contacted me that they found my bike locked up at an encampment and we got her free! translated from English

Medium recovery 1237 Thenisia Bike recovered 2019.11.25

Bike Index partner, Stolen Bikes NOLA found it! translated from English

Medium recovery 1236 Nancy Bike recovered 2019.11.23

A wonderful human found in through Bike Index! translated from English

Medium recovery 1235 Lynn Bike recovered 2019.11.23

Local Bike Index partner shop, Splendid Cycles, in Portland, took possession when a so-called customer brought my bike into the shop wondering if it was an E-bike. translated from English

Medium recovery 1234 Tom Bike recovered 2019.11.22

I registered my bike stolen this morning. Then someone posted a picture on Reddit of my bike off a hiking path. I immediately got an email from Bike Index asking if it was my bike and coordinated between me and the Redditor. I can't thank Bike Index or the kind folks who saw it enough. translated from English

Medium recovery 1233 Bryan Bike recovered 2019.11.22

Got a message on Bike Index from a follower who bought my bike off a guy trying to sell it in Capitol Hill the day after it was stolen. He thought it might be stolen and checked Bike Index! Got it back and we made a new biking friend in Cap Hill. Thanks Abi and Bike Index. translated from English

Medium recovery 1232 Brooke Bike recovered 2019.11.22

A local bike shop/good Samaritan saw it, knew it was stolen thanks to the tweet or magical way in which y'all shared this information, and about a day later I was contacted by the police saying they found my bike!! THANK YOU! Such a miracle, especially in the city of Portland. wow. truly amazed. translated from English

Medium recovery 1231 Amanda Bike recovered 2019.11.21

The San Francisco Police Department called me to tell me that they recovered my bike, and found me from Bike Index. translated from English

Medium recovery 1230 Yanny Bike recovered 2019.11.17

Recovered by the Edmonton City Police as part of a larger bust. They used the Bike Index to identify and return it to me. Huge thanks to you all! translated from English

Medium recovery 1229 Steve Bike recovered 2019.11.17

The thief posted an ad for my bike via OfferUp. The ad was discovered and forwarded to me by the Bike Index team. I met the thief and bought my bike back without conflict. translated from English

Medium recovery 1228 Vitaliy Bike recovered 2019.11.17

Someone saw my red bianchi on the corner. It was scratched up but he knew it was a nice bike and had seen it posted! He bought the bike from the guy who said it was his then connected me. I gave him his money back and a big THANK YOU! This was truly amazing! I cannot thank Bike Index enough!!! translated from English

Medium recovery 1227 Julie Bike recovered 2019.11.13

Got a tip from an SPD officer through Bike Index that the bike was on OfferUp. Contacted the seller and gave them the Bike Index link. They were sympathetic and offered to meet up and hand over the bike. It's a bit scuffed up and missing accessories, but I'm so excited to have it back!! translated from English

Medium recovery 1226 Eva Bike recovered 2019.11.13

A high school in Portland has a bike repair "shop" class. They receive bikes to work on. How they got my bike is a mystery. Whoever stole it maybe abandoned it. The teachers and students scour Bike Index when they receive the bikes. They saw that one of the bikes matched mine and they contacted me! translated from English

Medium recovery 1225 Julie Bike recovered 2019.11.11

Bike Index watchers informed me that bike was listed on Letgo and Craigslist. Informed police and they got me back my bike. Other bike still not recovered, but there is hope. Many thanks! translated from English

Medium recovery 1223 Bryan Bike recovered 2019.11.10

Bike Index watchers informed me that bike was listed on Letgo and Craigslist. Informed police and they got me back my bike. Other bike still not recovered, but there is hope. Many thanks! translated from English

Medium recovery 1224 Bryan Bike recovered 2019.11.10

Three people reported leads due to my posting on Bike Index. Someone bought the bike before the police investigated, but the buyer searched the serial and discovered he had purchased stolen property and reported it to me and the police. I can't believe how helpful the posting on Bike Index was. translated from English

Medium recovery 1222 Keith Bike recovered 2019.11.9

A couple was searching Bike Index to find their stolen bike and they saw my post. Coincidentally, they were eating at a food cart where the owner had noticed my abandoned bike at a homeless camp. THANK YOU to the good-hearted people of Portland who helped each step of the way. translated from English

Medium recovery 1221 Lisa Bike recovered 2019.11.8

We sent the bike to @stolenbikesbayarea, Bike Index, and a large biking Facebook group. Yesterday a friend spotted it. Cops were super helpful and took pride in helping. I backed up my claim by knowing every part of the bike. translated from English

Medium recovery 1220 Kelly Bike recovered 2019.11.7

Police contacted me by email, through this website, saying they recovered my bike. translated from English

Medium recovery 1219 Kyle Bike recovered 2019.11.5

Bike Index partner, Stolen Bikes NOLA, found my bike and returned it to me. translated from English

Medium recovery 1218 Catherine Bike recovered 2019.11.5

An anonymous caller found my contact info on Bike Index and told me where my bike was seen. translated from English

Medium recovery 1217 Daniel Bike recovered 2019.11.4

Omaha Police Dept’s Pawn Unit recovered it a week ago after the bike was stolen two months ago. Having filed a police report filed and sharing the serial number on Bike Index helped track the bike down. translated from English

Medium recovery 1216 Jeff Bike recovered 2019.11.2

Someone saw it on LetGo, checked Bike Index and reached out to me when they found it. Bike Index provided tips to recover it. The San Mateo Sheriff's Office helped me meet with the seller. Thanks everyone for helping me get this special bike back translated from English

Medium recovery 1215 Walstad Bike recovered 2019.10.31

Nice man who had seen it left on the back of someone's car saw my number on Bike Index and called me! translated from English

Medium recovery 1214 Ian Bike recovered 2019.10.30

A local nonprofit bike group found it and called in local Bike Index ambassador Mike who arranged a meeting and we took it home. translated from English

Medium recovery 1213 vladimir Bike recovered 2019.10.28

Found near my house. They found my serial number on Bike Index and contacted me. translated from English

Medium recovery 1212 Chris Bike recovered 2019.10.27

I received a message through Bike Index from someone who had my bike. Turns out his mother-in-law saw it sitting unlocked in downtown Seattle and offered it up to him. He recognized that it was a fairly nice bike and looked up the serial number on Bike Index to see if it was registered as stolen. translated from English

Medium recovery 1211 Allie Bike recovered 2019.10.22

EPS recovered it during an arrest. They checked the serial # on Bike Index and identified it. They returned it to me that same night. For the most part, I was able to fix it back up and am just grateful to have the bike back. translated from English

Medium recovery 1210 Kathryn Bike recovered 2019.10.18

SFPD saw the tweet on Bike Index. Thank you Officer Roan for getting my bike back. translated from English

Medium recovery 1209 Alexander Bike recovered 2019.10.15

Some kind stranger noticed it being sold nearly a year and a half after being stolen and notified me via Bike Index. I confronted the person selling it, who was not the thief, and they returned the bike without hassle. translated from English

Medium recovery 1208 Scott Bike recovered 2019.10.14

The Seattle Police Department saw it on Bike Index the same day as it was stolen and recovered it! translated from English

Medium recovery 1207 Adam Bike recovered 2019.10.14

I got a phone call from a guy who saw my bike on Bike Index and then recognized it on a local website for sale. I called the police, and they got it back for me the next day! translated from English

Medium recovery 1206 Peter Recumbent recovered 2019.10.12

Ride This Bike bike shop and Stolen Bikes NOLA id'd my bike on Bike Index and got it back on my behalf. translated from English

Medium recovery 1205 Eden Bike recovered 2019.10.10

Quick action by SF Police recognized my stolen bike. The dispatcher checked the serial number of the bike on Bike Index. This happened within an hour or two of the theft and my bike returned the same day! translated from English

Medium recovery 1204 Gary Bike recovered 2019.10.10

The police used Bike Index to identify the bike. The thieves tried to register the bike as their own but the police realized it was my bike and recovered it. The photo that I uploaded really made a difference. translated from English

Medium recovery 1203 Bryan Bike recovered 2019.10.10

A neighbor found the bike discarded in the neighborhood and found me through Bike Index. I had my bike back within 4 days of it being stolen! translated from English

Medium recovery 1202 Patrick Bike recovered 2019.10.9

My bike was spotted on Kijiji with the help of Bike Index and Stolen Bikes Edmonton. A Constable contacted the seller and recovered the bike. translated from English

Medium recovery 1201 Matthew Bike recovered 2019.10.9

Bike Index folks notified me it was for sale, police arranged a buyback and arrested the seller. translated from English

Medium recovery 1200 Pat Bike recovered 2019.10.7

A Bike Index user found it listed on Kijiji and sent me a message. We found the listing and set up a meeting to "buy" it and told the police. Serial numbers matched and the guy was arrested. translated from English

Medium recovery 1199 Jennifer Bike recovered 2019.10.4

A tip by a Bike Index member led to the Calgary Police Service Officers retrieving the bike from LetGo. translated from English

Medium recovery 1198 Farzin Bike recovered 2019.10.1

A woman who lives in the same area had her car stolen. The police found her car and my bike was inside. She found my bike on Bike Index and called me. I got the bike back in less than 48 hours of it being stolen! translated from English

Medium recovery 1197 Colin Bike recovered 2019.9.30

I got mail from my local police that they found it. They didn't give me details, but I am so happy to get it back in the same condition. Thank you, Bike Index, for your help. translated from English

Medium recovery 1196 Drazen Bike recovered 2019.9.29

I got mail from my local police that they found it. They didn't gave me details, but I am so happy to get it back in the same condition. Thank you, Bike Index, for your help. translated from English

Medium recovery 1195 Drazen Bike recovered 2019.9.29

Found it in the neighborhood because of a tip from Bike Index! translated from English

Medium recovery 1194 James Bike recovered 2019.9.28

Someone bought it and shared the purchase on a local bike group. Someone else in the group found it on Bike Index and connected us!! translated from English

Medium recovery 1193 Zephyr Bike recovered 2019.9.28