Recovery Stories

Local police encountered it during normal duties. The bike had been slightly modified but the serial number remained. My police report in their own system hadn't processed far enough to be searchable in their own system and the police found me through Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike James Bike recovered 2024.4.16

Seattle Police department. I saw someone who looked like they had it, it's a bright yellow bike. And so I walked pass them in order to get a close up and it was my bike, they had changed the front tire. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jordan Bike recovered 2024.4.16

EPS seized it from a suspected thief and returned it to me all in just one day! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Draven Bike recovered 2024.4.16

A very nice stranger procured it from a homeless person. Called me through bike index. I got my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lyle Bike recovered 2024.4.15

The police found it and were able to look it up on Bike Index. The back tire was missing so we had to purchase a full new assembly. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Antoine Bike recovered 2024.4.15

The police found it and were able to look it up on Bike Index. The back tire was missing so we had to purchase a full new assembly. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Antoine Bike recovered 2024.4.15

Person who stole it pawned it nearby. Pawn shop looked it up and saw it was stolen. Turned it over to Police. CO Springs PD investigated, issued arrest warrant, person was charged and found guilty. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rachel Bike recovered 2024.4.15

I was not expecting to see that bike ever again, given the fact that it was stolen several months ago. But the police found and returned it to me. I am very grateful to them. Good job Calgary Police! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Marcio Bike recovered 2024.4.12

VPD contacted me that they recovered my bike. Very thankful of VPD's work. And thank you for Bike Index for sharing all the information out there. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Yuki Bike recovered 2024.4.11

With help from the local cycling community and a volunteer through BikeIndex, I was able to recover my bike after it had been missing for 18 months! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Curtis Bike recovered 2024.4.11

Thankfully after the purchase the citizen who purchased the bike suspected it might have been stolen and looked up the bike on bikeindex.org translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Juan Bike recovered 2024.4.6

Bike was recovered by the Edmonton Police Service after someone in Calgary spotted it for sale online and matched it up as stolen on Bike Index! Awesome job by EPS! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike JD Bike recovered 2024.4.5

The police spotted it and called me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Phoebe Bike recovered 2024.4.5

Someone messaged me on Bike Index to say he had it!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Catalina Bike recovered 2024.4.5

Someone messaged me via Bike Index to say he had it. They purchased it and looked up the serial number and found my post. So happy to have it back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Catalina Bike recovered 2024.4.5

It was dumped in Kensington Market after failed sale attempts. A fellow cyclist saw the bike, took it in/looked it up on Bike Index, and notified me that they found it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jesse Bike recovered 2024.4.5

Through Bike index - my stolen bike was brought into a Gresham bike shop and the thoughtful mechanic looked it up on the bike index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Steven Bike recovered 2024.4.4

Recovered with help from Stolen Bikes NOLA! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Devin Bike recovered 2024.4.4

A Good Samaritan looked up my bike on bike index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jeffrey Bike recovered 2024.4.4

Someone who not only purchased my by at a flea market, knew that what he paid for was not even close what it was worth , and knew to do the right thing and inquired with bike index. Never do I expect it that I’d have my bike back so soon!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Troy Bike recovered 2024.4.2

The Boulder PD returned it to me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Elle Bike recovered 2024.4.1

My neighbors at Marination Station saw the thief in the ally trying to cut the wheel lock. They returned the bike to my other neighbors at BikeWorks who looked it up on Bike Index and called me. I cannot believe that it was found and am so grateful for my neighbors who intervened translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sabina Bike recovered 2024.4.1

A friend of the suspect seized the bike after learning it was stolen. He found my information on Bike Index and called me to arrange a place to return it to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tyler Bike recovered 2024.3.30

The clackamas county sheriff's department called me and said they had recovered it. I don't know how they got it but I know that bike registration works! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike eringoldwater@gmail.com Bike recovered 2024.3.30

Police found it in possession of individuals committing a different crime. Searching against the bike index flagged it as stolen, and police recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Philip Bike recovered 2024.3.29

Bike was found on FB Marketplace. Potential buyer got the frame number and crosschecked with Bike Index database before reaching out to me translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Julien Bike recovered 2024.3.27

Someone found my bike on OfferUp and thought the price was suspiciously low. I contacted the seller, and they themselves purchased it on OfferUp a while back. They were happy to return it to me free of charge! I can't believe I got closure on this bike after a year! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Max Bike recovered 2024.3.22

Someone browsing an industrial auction website noticed a suspicious looking bike up for sale. Checked against listings in Bike Index and boom, contacted me with the auction details. The police used Bike Index to trace the bike to me 5 years ago, now I'm reunited with it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Piotr Bike recovered 2024.3.19

I posted all over Facebook and when it was spotted in a certain neighborhood I posted in that communities Facebook groups and within 24 hours I had it back. The reward definitely kept people interested in spotting the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Dion Bike recovered 2024.3.19

SABRE recovery group! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kirsty Bike recovered 2024.3.19

ETS donated the bike (or what was left of it) to Sports Central. They saw it on here and gave me a call. I went and picked it up immediately. Going to need some parts and work, but after 7 months I figured she was gone forever! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Steve Bike recovered 2024.3.15

I found the bike listed on Facebook Marketplace for sale at Rock Island, Illinois. Promptly informed Iowa City Police Department. While recovering, they could scan the QR code which linked to my stolen bike on the Bike Index registry. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Wrik Bike recovered 2024.3.15

EPS found it in a pawnshop a few weeks later! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paul Bike recovered 2024.3.8

Edmonton Police found my bike abandoned in a nearby ravine! Some parts had been changed, and the serial number had been ground off then painted over, but they were able to identify it based on all the pictures I provided. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jean-Luc Bike recovered 2024.3.8

Someone found it locked in an odd place and looked it up on bike index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tim Bike recovered 2024.3.8

Boulder Police found suspicious person with my bike. Checked Bike Index!!! It was registered, marked as stolen and had serial #. So incredibly grateful. This is how a system works! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tom Bike recovered 2024.3.6

A bike shop employee smelled something fishy when I guy came in asking how much it was worth with a story about how Elon Musk had pulled up in a van and gave it to him. He checked bikeindex and there it was! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2024.3.5

Someone bought my bike at a yard sale 30mi away, 2.5 years after it was stolen. They found my bike on BikeIndex and the local stolen bikes Facebook page and contacted me via FB Messenger. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erik Bike recovered 2024.3.5

Thanks BRAT (bike recovery action teams) and Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kyle Bike recovered 2024.3.2

The thieves broke my bike and took it into The Daily Rider bike shop to be repaired. The bike shop recognised my bike from footage I'd posted of it being stolen, checked the serial number on Bike Index, and called the police! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Amy Bike recovered 2024.3.1

Someone saw it on Bike Index and they happened to know me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike kris Bike recovered 2024.2.28

Auraria campus police department found it abandoned in Denver. They called me and alerted me they had it. I drove down from boulder to Denver and picked it up. They were able to find me through my bikes serial code and track me down here on bike index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Beau Bike recovered 2024.2.27

I had 0 hope, zilch, nada.., but bike index came to the rescue. 2 weeks after bike was stolen, I got an email from a good samaritan that some homeless person dropped it in their front yard in the middle of the night. He emailed me, I verified my bike through the serial number. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Karthik Bike recovered 2024.2.24

The police recovered it and contacted me. The bike had been modified by the thieves but we used the info uploaded to bike index to identify it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kevin Bike recovered 2024.2.24

Thanks to bike index and the biking community of Edmonton. Helped that it was kept on the neighbourhood and some friends recognised it. Amazing 🤩 translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Matthew Bike recovered 2024.2.22

The Edmonton Police Services could recover the bike because I reported it on the Bike Index as stolen. Otherwise, it could take much longer or maybe never be recovered. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ramtin Bike recovered 2024.2.21

Constable Cole from EPS stopped a suspicious cyclist and found our contact information through Bike Index. He called us at 10:25 pm and returned the bike to our home by 11:00 pm on the same day it was stolen. Amazing! So appreciative of this process. Thank you. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Marcelo Bike recovered 2024.2.20

Bike was listed by a "post theft" purchaser, and the potential buyer actually looked on Bike Index before buying. Both buyer and seller reached out to me to let me know they'd found it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nathan Bike recovered 2024.2.19

Local social media group for stolen bikes found the ad and the group member located my bike on the bike index to contact me. I then contacted the office on file with the details. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Robyn Bike recovered 2024.2.15

Kind man found bike in ravine across town and looked up bike on bike index. We met up and were reunited with our bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike William Bike recovered 2024.2.15