Recovery Stories

Bike Index sent me an email that it looked like my bike was on OfferUp. We called the Police who contacted the person selling the bike for $200. It appears that the person bought a storage locker in which the bike was in. The person turned the bike over to the police, who returned it to me. translated from English

Joshua Bike recovered 2020.4.1

Portland Police called to inform me that the bike was found and sitting in one of their warehouses! They ran it through "all the normal sites", including Bike Index, and were able to track me down that way. translated from English

Brian Bike recovered 2020.3.31

The person who found the bike saw my post at Bike Index. Thanks, Bike Index, you are the best! translated from English

Charly Bike recovered 2020.3.24

I was contacted by a guy through Bike Index saying it was on Craigslist. I set up a meet up with the seller, brought the cops, and recovered my bike! translated from English

James Bike recovered 2020.3.16

Someone found it and saw my post on Bike Index. He contacted me. It was because of my post on Bike Index that it was found and returned!! translated from English

Louis Bike recovered 2020.3.16

A heroic soul saw my bike listed on Offer Up and checked Bike Index. When he saw it had been stolen he recovered it for me! translated from English

Michael Bike recovered 2020.3.15

A police officer found it in Ballard and brought it back to me! Went stolen a while back but with the help of Bike Index my bike was recovered. I didn't have much hope or the resources to put any effort into finding it but with the help of Bike Index and the Seattle Police Department It came back. translated from English

Mandi Bike recovered 2020.3.14

The bike was located by someone who recognized that it was likely stolen. They contacted me and tried to set up a sting to recover the bike. The police recovered the bike and lots of other stolen goods. They contacted me and verified the info on Bike Index. translated from English

Vicky Bike recovered 2020.3.13

Found via Bike Index !!!! translated from English

David Bike recovered 2020.3.12

Portland Police found it and contacted me through Bike Index and I picked up the bike less than 48 hours after it had been stolen. Amazing! I feel so lucky, grateful, and ready to go on a ride later tonight at sunset to celebrate the simple joy of riding my bike. Thank you all so much! translated from English

Kevin Cargo Bike (Rear Storage) recovered 2020.3.12

Our neighborhood store found it in the bushes outside their store and called the police who told them to check Bike Index. They found it by description and location. So awesome! Thanks for your support Ken's Market, friends, Seattle Police, and Bike Index! translated from English

JemaeandRay Bike recovered 2020.3.11

Travis at Pacific Sheet Metal saw a guy with my bike in another part of town and confronted him. The person ran off without the bike, and Travis ran the serial # through Bike Index. It works!!! translated from English

Steve Bike recovered 2020.3.11

A fellow Bike Index user emailed me yesterday saying he had seen the bike near a homeless camp. A friend of mine was nearby and waited for the police. When they showed up my friend saw the bike a bit further down and they went ahead and recovered the bike! Thank you!! translated from English

Philippe Bike recovered 2020.3.8

A kind and observant transit officer saw that the bike was stolen on Bike Index and Facebook, saw the bike, and then contacted Calgary Police. translated from English

Don Bike recovered 2020.3.7

Thanks to the Edmonton Police Service for recovering and returning my bike! Officer McKinnon saw it on Bike Index and then saw someone riding around on it and got it back. translated from English

Kristine Bike recovered 2020.3.6

A security guard at the marina next to my apartment witnessed someone dump my bike into the bushes. An officer then found me on Bike Index and worked to verify that the bike. Although I didn't have the serial number we were able to verify ownership through the accessories that were still installed. translated from English

Chris Bike recovered 2020.3.2

Through help from great local bike community facebook group, Bike Index and the Calgary Police. Register your bike serial number on Bike Index and let the police retrieve it safely! translated from English

Fathul Bike recovered 2020.3.1

A savvy bike shopper found this on Letgo for $25 and knew it was worth more. He ran it through Bike index and contacted us We were out of town for a week - and he bought & kept the bike until we got back. Amazing!!! translated from English

Helen Bike recovered 2020.2.29

A citizen checked online, found it was stolen, and returned it! Love to see how well this system works! translated from English

Dave Bike recovered 2020.2.27

Thanks to the Edmonton Police Service, my bike's been recovered! They saw it on Bike Index's twitter feed. Great success! translated from English

Tony Bike recovered 2020.2.27

A man recognized the bike based on pictures posted at Bike Index. The Bike Index post shared on Facebook and by other friends circulated the pictures. I am so grateful to the Calgary bike community, MEC and especially Bike Index for their service. translated from English

Michelle Bike recovered 2020.2.26

A police officer contacted me saying they found the bike. They were contacted via Bike Index. translated from English

Vegas Bike recovered 2020.2.25

My bike was recovered thanks to a combination of people from Bike Index, Facebook, and the King County Sheriff's office. translated from English

Jeffrey Bike recovered 2020.2.24

Someone found the bike from a guy re-selling it was and was kind enough to reach out and return it. He saw my posting here and was able to contact me. translated from English

Chris Bike recovered 2020.2.21

Somebody saw my post on Bike Index matching a suspicious cargo bike for sale on Facebook. They reached out to the seller and asked for a few pictures that pretty definitively linked the bike to me. Seattle PD did the rest, setting up a meeting to buy the bike and recovering it. translated from English

John Bike recovered 2020.2.21

I received a text from someone who knew the individual who bought the stolen bike but later learned it was marked stolen on the Bike Index. She wanted to return the bike to me anonymously. The Lake Oswego Police agreed to act as an intermediary and recovered the bike for me. translated from English

Sue Bike recovered 2020.2.17

Someone has bought it off of someone else and searched the serial number on Bike Index, got my contact info, and returned it to me. translated from English

Melissa Bike recovered 2020.2.17

Someone great found this using Bike Index and contacted me via text!!! YAY BIKE INDEX...and HUGE YAY FOR THE PERSON WHO CARED ENOUGH TO LEVERAGE BIKE INDEX...AMAZING! Assuming it is rideable, it will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club for a third life. translated from English

Suzie Bike recovered 2020.2.14

Someone found dumped it in their driveway and someone else found my post on Bike Index and connected us. translated from English

Jessica Bike recovered 2020.2.14

Thanks to this ad I had a lot of people who were watching out. Three people who had spotted the bike contacted me. A young guy had bought it from one of the guys who stole it from my son and was frightened as he had been told it was on Bike Index as stolen! Thanks to this site it's been recovered. translated from English

Cathy Bike recovered 2020.2.13

Someone bought it off Craigslist and then thought to search in case it was stolen. Amazingly, they found my post on Bike Index and were generous enough to give it back even though it meant that they would lose their money. I'm so grateful for this website and for good people who do the right thing! translated from English

Marcella Bike recovered 2020.2.11

Bike got stashed in someone's yard. Thankfully the property owner had the wherewithal to look up the bike on Bike Index. Thanks Bike Index for the database that helped find this bike. translated from English

Kevin Bike recovered 2020.2.10

Portland Police Bureau's Bike Task Force recovered the bike with the help of Bike Index. translated from English

Sarah Bike recovered 2020.2.6

Someone found it in the woods behind their apartment complex and checked the serial number here on Bike Index. They called me to return it. After 4 months I figured it was long gone. translated from English

Peter Bike recovered 2020.2.5

I got an email from a stranger who'd found me via Bike Index. She'd seen my bike for sale on the street and figured it was stolen and that someone was really missing it. She bought it intending to try and find the owner. This was a huge success! translated from English

Jane Bike recovered 2020.2.4

My cousin picked it up for me from the police. Cst. Lamb and I picked it up in Calgary from my cousin. Just got it back this weekend. Got contacted through Bike Index and then called by the police. translated from English

Marc Bike recovered 2020.2.4

Someone contacted me through Bike Index and returned my bike to me after finding it a few miles from my house. translated from English

Laura Bike recovered 2020.2.3

A friend spotted it in my neighborhood and I called Portland Police non-emergency and an officer recovered the bike! I think sharing about the stolen bike on social media helped my friends know what the bike looked like and keep a lookout for it! translated from English

Alison Bike recovered 2020.2.3

It was found by the great guys of Stolen Bikes Nola (a Bike Index partner). They rock!! translated from English

Stephanie Bike recovered 2020.2.1

SPD recovered the bike from an encampment in Seattle and I was contacted through BikeIndex by Officer Stewart. He very graciously personally drove it to me. THANK YOU Bike Index and Officer Stewart!!!! translated from English

Adrianna Bike recovered 2020.1.30

I had filed a complaint with Fremont Police, California. They found a suspicious bike in a nearby shopping mall area and when they checked the serial they confirmed that it was stolen and recovered it. translated from English

Dennis Bike recovered 2020.1.30

Deputy regularly checks Bike Index and recognized it on the street. Based on the information here, he was able to get it back to me in less than a week from when it was stolen! translated from English

Nick Bike recovered 2020.1.30

An officer from the Portland Police Department saw my bike against a transient motor home. Knowing the bike cost more than the motor home he looked on Bike Index and saw my bike was stolen. He called the original owner, the shop that bought it, and then me. translated from English

Joaquin Bike recovered 2020.1.26

Someone found this bike, looked it up on the Bike Index, then called and returned it to me (3 years later)! translated from English

Sarah Bike recovered 2020.1.26

Interdicted the person who had, Unfortunately was a homeless female. Bike Index did a great job because the Police Station had your report on the wall and everyone knew about it at the local PD, so when we called and said we found it, they knew right away what bike it was. translated from English

Chris Bike recovered 2020.1.22

Recovered when Bike Index and Revolution Bicycle contacted me with info of a possible match for sale. EPS and Revolution coordinated to set up a sting and recovered the bike from a known thief. Many thanks to all involved. Very impressed that this worked out! translated from English

Bruce Bike recovered 2020.1.19

I saw my bike posted on a stolen bikes Facebook page (that Bike Index recommended I join) and I sent my Bike Index link to the RCMP. The serial numbers matched and Beaumont RCMP found the bike when serving an arrest warrant! translated from English

Nadia Bike recovered 2020.1.15

A Good Samaritan searched the serial number, which led her to me! translated from English

Kaci Bike recovered 2020.1.7

Thank you Bike Index! A guy who got my bike in an auction sold the bike to another guy who (thankfully!) checked Bike Index after purchasing it. He saw it was stolen and was decent enough to reach out. Without Bike Index he would not have had a way of knowing it was stolen or finding me. Thank you! translated from English

Barb Bike recovered 2020.1.7

I received an email in the middle of the night from user Bryan who alerted me that the bike was being sold on OfferUp. With some help from the police, it was recovered in nearly two days. translated from English

Leif Bike recovered 2020.1.6