Recovery Stories

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Medium recovery 1195 Drazen Bike recovered 2019.9.29

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

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!!

Medium recovery 1193 Zephyr Bike recovered 2019.9.28

Bike was spotted on LetGo and a member from Bike Index contacted me. We contacted the RCMP and within two days we got our bike back. Thank you, everyone, in this group! I did not know about this before my bike was stolen but now all of my family's bikes are indexed.

Medium recovery 1192 Jamie Bike recovered 2019.9.28

Someone from Bike Index emailed me about a post on OfferUp. The seller admitted it was stolen and returned it to me. I got my bike back!

Medium recovery 1191 Ryan Bike recovered 2019.9.27

Someone found it, looked it up on Bike Index, and called me!

Medium recovery 1190 Ben Bike recovered 2019.9.26

Someone attempted to sell it and that person found out it was stolen through Bike Index. Also had someone else who had seen it on Bike Index, spot an ad on Offer Up for it, and alert me. Thank you Bike Index and everyone that helped get it returned.

Medium recovery 1189 Christina Bike recovered 2019.9.25

EPS located it downtown and because we had filed a report and listed it on Bike Index. It’s banged up but at least my son has his bike back!

Medium recovery 1188 Rhiannon Bike recovered 2019.9.23

Thieves attempted to sell the bike at a second-hand store. The AWESOME employees recognized it from my Bike Index report, photographed the thieves, and contacted me. Several members on a local stolen bike page identified one of the thieves. I reported it and took back my bike without incident.

Medium recovery 1187 Kyle Bike recovered 2019.9.22

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