Recovery Stories

Found it on the French equivalent of Craigslist and contacted the police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Matt Bike recovered 2016.9.14

The person who stole it tried to sell it on the street; the buyer, a good guy, guessed that the bike was stolen so he bought it; he looked on-line and learned that it was my bike. I presume the good guy learned traced me through Bike Index because this was the only place I posted about it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Samina Bike recovered 2016.9.14

Someone came into Kozy's Cyclery to get the spokes fixed after they were cut (being stolen). The mechanic thought it looked fishy and looked up on the Bike Index and saw my posting. They called the police, the police called me and shared with me the news they found my bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tessa Bike recovered 2016.9.14

Found by Charlie and Cari at the Berkeley Bart Bike Station, in cooperation with Berkeley Police. Contacted me as a result of registering serial number in Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rob Bike recovered 2016.9.7

Web sleuthing and partnership with the Portland Bike Theft Task Force. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paul Bike recovered 2016.9.7

Was purchased from the thief by a guy that tunes and flips bikes. Upon seeing the serial number listed on The Bike Index, the purchaser contacted me and returned the bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Phil Bike recovered 2016.9.6

Found by a guy in Florida. The Bike Index got involved and helped me get it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2016.9.5

Found by buyer, ID'd with Bike Index help. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike McKenna Bike recovered 2016.9.4

Bike spotted on LETGO by a Bike Index user and a sting ensued, owner updated us. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2016.9.3

Recovered by WTF bikes with Bike Index assist translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2016.9.3

Recovered with Bike Index help after going from OU to a pawn shop. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jaime Bike recovered 2016.9.3

The cops recovered it with Bike Index assistance. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sampson Bike recovered 2016.9.3

An observer saw my bicycle through Bike Index and called the Portland Bureau of Police, who made the arrest and released my bicycle to me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike James Bike recovered 2016.9.2

Gents from Abraham's Fixes Bikes in Portland saw it, threw a lock on it, and called the police. The thief, upon discovery of the lock, took the front wheel and jetted. Bike Index and great bike folks in Portland do it again! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tim Bike recovered 2016.9.1

Thank you so much Joe and Bike Index! Joe saw a sketchy add on OfferUp, checked on Bike Index and contacted me. We set up a buy and got the cops. I got my Bessie bike back!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jon Bike recovered 2016.8.31

A person bought the bike from someone on the street and then checked Bike Index to see if it was a stolen bike. We had registered the bike and so he found it and contacted us. On Monday morning we were lamenting the loss of the bike. By Tuesday evening we had the bike back and were grateful for our good Samaritan and for Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jason Bike recovered 2016.8.24

Seattle Police found it on Bike Index and called me. Big kudos to them! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Robbins Bike recovered 2016.8.24

The Vancouver police department found it then searched it on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kamila Bike recovered 2016.8.17

Get a text from someone who saw Bike Index post. Went to location, @Best Buy/Division and called cops. Thanks to the community and Bike Index!! Teamwork!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Stephanie Cargo Bike (Front Storage) recovered 2016.8.16

Auburn, WA Police Dept tracked it down to a Pawn Shop in Seattle, then found it listed on Bike Index translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jeff Bike recovered 2016.8.10

A person within 2 blocks found my bike after another bike theft. Looked up the bike on the Bike Index and got my contact info! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Zachary Bike recovered 2016.8.4

A man named Tim purchased my stolen bike from a woman (thief) on Craigslist. Tim googled the serial number to purchase parts (since the thieves damaged my bike) and noticed through the Bike Index that it was stolen. He contacted me and returned it. A true good samaritan to whom I'm forever grateful. An amazing, amazing incredible story that showcases the goodness of humanity! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrea Bike recovered 2016.8.3

Local bike shop ICS. Recognized bike from Bike Index listing and gave me a call. Customer wanted to change the tires!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Denham Bike recovered 2016.8.2

Portland Police Bureau Bike Theft Task Force found it on July 30 2016, a little more than three months after it was stolen. Many thanks to the officer who helped me out! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ben Bike recovered 2016.8.1

Recovered by University of Washington Police Dept using Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erin Bike recovered 2016.8.1

Bike was found with assistance from a Bike Index user, translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Trevor Bike recovered 2016.8.1

Someone found it in the an alley and got it back to me using Bike Index! Thank you! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Karl Bike recovered 2016.7.27

Recovered thanks to the Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paul Bike recovered 2016.7.25

A good Samaritan saw the bike for sale in a local park. Once home, he found my posting on Bike Index. He spent the rest of the week tracking the bike down with the help of a friend of his who is homeless and knew the people who had it. He was eventually able to buy it back for a fraction of its value, and returned it to me. I'm thrilled! Wouldn't have happened without Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ted Bike recovered 2016.7.23

Bike was recovered with the help of the Bike Index, and the San Francisco Police Department! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Damien Bike recovered 2016.7.20

Bike was returned with the help of the Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2016.7.20

Recovered thanks to Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christopher Bike recovered 2016.7.15

A third party discovered it and contacted me through the Bike Index. Not all of the bicycle was returned, but I did get the frame, fork, bb, brakes and front hub. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Clyde Bike recovered 2016.7.14

An awesome SF police officer had seen my bike on bike index, and then spotted it a few days later and recovered it! He called me to let me know, and it really made my day. Thanks so much for creating the Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Clinton Bike recovered 2016.7.13

Police found it in a homeless camp in poor shape, disassembled with missing pieces. They matched the serial number from the Bike Index and brought it straight to me. Now I have a project to work on. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Benjamin Bike recovered 2016.7.12

A very nice woman ran the serial number on this site and contacted me! Thank You so much, this is my favorite bike and I have it back! You people are awesome! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Steven Bike recovered 2016.7.8

The person who had the bike discovered it on the Bike Index contacted me, and returned it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paul Bike recovered 2016.6.22

Person who had bike discovered it on the Bike Index, contacted me, and returned it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paul Bike recovered 2016.6.22

According to the person who returned it, he was approached by someone in a parking lot who offered to sell him the bike for $300. He ended up buying it from the guy for $100, then searched it on the Bike Index and found that it was stolen. He then contacted me to pick it up. I paid him the $100 that he spent getting it back. Big thank you to bike index. As I see it, one of two things happenned here. Either the thief was unable to sell it because of it's presence on Bike Index, or the honest person discovered its status as tolen on Bike Index. Either way, I haver no doubt that I would not have ever seen my bike again without Bike Index. Thank you very much. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Louis Bike recovered 2016.6.18

Someone tried to sell it at Capital Loans. The pawn shop ran the serial through Bike Index and it matched mine. They held on to it while the person that brought it in dashed out the store. Ian at Capital Loans called my number and let me know they have my bicycle. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2016.6.17

Pawn shop looked up serial number on Bike Index and contacted me. So awesome! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2016.6.15

Received text from person with picture of bike and location thanks to the Bike Index. Went to location and bike was there. Called police and they came and got some other bikes too. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ben Bike recovered 2016.6.13

The San Francisco Police Department contacted me through the Bike Index to tell me that they recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Pat Bike recovered 2016.6.12

Milwaukee Police Dept Officer called me about his investigation of car theft. This thief was arrested while a car. Then officers found my bike in the car. They linked the bike to me by using the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nobu Bike recovered 2016.6.10

Found at Laney (Oakland) by 3rd party who connected it to serial on the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jeremy Bike recovered 2016.6.7

Metro Sheriffs recovered the bike in downtown Seattle and returned it to me on 6/2! I think they saw it on the Bike Index before the police report, at least one of the cops mentioned the Bike Index in passing. A local pawn shop employee also said he saw my bike on the Bike Index (I went in to ask around and give him a photo of my bike). translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bry Bike recovered 2016.6.3

I was contacted by a friend of a friend that found it via the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rich Bike recovered 2016.5.22

I received my bike from the local police department after they contacted me on the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ivan Bike recovered 2016.5.20

Someone bought it at the San Jose flea market and checked the Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Louisa Bike recovered 2016.5.16

Calgary Police Serviced contacted me through the Bike Index that they had my bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Carlos Bike recovered 2016.5.5