Recovery Stories

A helpful citizen contacted me through bike index and told me where to find it for sale online. I arranged a meeting with the person where the police helped me retrieve the bicycle. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Greg Bike recovered 2016.2.20

A very nice man bought my bike for $140 dollars on Market and 7th from a man who matches the description of the thief. He then looked up the serial number and found out it was reported stolen by this website, called me and hand delivered my bike in perfect condition. Can't thank this website enough!!!! My bike was missing for less than 48 hours. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Hunter Bike recovered 2016.2.18

A babysitter saw my bike off the side of the road looking suspicious: no lock, helmet and lights in tact, and sitting on a main thoroughfare with no one in sight. I'd already reported it stolen to the authorities; she found my bike listed as stolen on Bike Index, took down the case number, and called it in to the police. My bike was returned to me the same day she found it. Thanks! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Emily Bike recovered 2016.2.18

Law enforcement!! Portland transit police walked up to a known bike thief 4months after it was stolen and asked him about the bike he was working on. Ended up that it was mine so they took it from him, tracked me down using the index and we were reunited happily ever after!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Vanessa Bike recovered 2016.2.16

Someone alerted me to an ad on offerupnow.com after they saw my bike here. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Indar Bike recovered 2016.2.16

Someone saw it on craigslist and recognized it from the post on this website and notified me. Then they set up a meet and i met the person in a Cub foods parking lot and took it back. Many thanks Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike michael Bike recovered 2016.2.12

A person contacted me after he bought the bike and find out it was stolen. He checked serial number on this site. The person was extremely honest and kind and returned me the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Pochekailov Bike recovered 2016.2.8

Bought it back from another person who bought it and it found it on the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Robert Bike recovered 2016.2.8

With the help of you and the Portland Police! It's a little worse for wear and tear but we have it back. The bike was recovered on Sunday 1/31/16. You all are awesome! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Craig Bike recovered 2016.2.1

Somebody noticed it was getting stolen piece by piece in front of there place, cut the lock and took it before it was completely stolen. They looked up the bike on bike index and got in touch with me. I got back the frame and a lot of components. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mac Bike recovered 2016.1.31

Mechanics at Huckleberry bike shop in SF found the serial number on the bike index and got in touch. Thank you Brian & bike index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Piper Bike recovered 2016.1.25

Englewood PD recovered it and returned it to me after finding it on Bike Index! A little scratch on the fork but that's it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Colin Bike recovered 2016.1.23

Found by a local, ID'd in the index, awesome PPb instagram on this one. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2016.1.17

Pete called me this morning after he found my bikes photo on Bike Index. He works at a downtown Seattle hotel that ends up with quite a few stolen bikes in the lost and found. He thought mine looked likely stolen so he took the time to try to find me. The Seattle police website pointed him to this site. Thanks!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Scott Bike recovered 2016.1.17

Big thank you to Montlake Terrace PD & who looked it up on Bike Index and called me right away. Thank you Bike Index!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Cameron Bike recovered 2016.1.14

Bryan at Bike Index alerted me to a guy that might have my bike, and wanted to return it. I picked it up in Los Gatos three months after it was stolen in Oakland. Glad to have the bike back and very appreciative of the this man's honesty in returning a bike that he had bought in error. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kcuth Bike recovered 2016.1.13

A kind soul bought my bikes from someone who obviously wasn't the owner, then posted an online ad for two stolen bikes. Another really nice person saw them, checked them on this index, and emailed me. The kindness of strangers! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Milo Bike recovered 2016.1.9

I got a call from revolver bike shop in portland. They had the bike in for service and checked the serial number on bike index. They gave me a call promptly to confirm. Thanks guys! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2016.1.6

Thank you to Officer Fowler of the Seattle Police Department East Precinct for recovering my bike days after it was stolen! Great eagle eyes! Thanks to this site he was able to confirm his suspicion that the bike was stolen and was able to reunite me with my bike! I am a fan of this site and Officer Fowler! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jae Bike recovered 2016.1.2

Found on CL by a Bike Index user, owner got cops involved and it came back translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2016.1.1

It was in the back of a stolen truck that was found by the police and returned to the owner. The owner looked the bike up in Bike Index and contacted me. The owner and his wife rock!!!!! Bike Index rocks!!!!!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Johnny Bike recovered 2015.12.31

Someone bought this bike from King County Seattle Surplus auctions, took it home, and found it listed in the Bike Index. We got them in touch with the owner, who was elated. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lee Bike recovered 2015.12.29

Found by the Portland Police Bureau and ID'd by the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.12.13

Neighborhood hero bought it back from thief and posted it on Riverwest Facebook page translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andy Bike recovered 2015.12.13

Scottsdale, AZ police called me last week that they have caught thief and recovered bike. It was in good condition except side stand was missing. I received it on 11-Dec-2015 back. Thank you Scottsdale police for your excellent community service and Bike Index.org - you guys rock! :) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike NJadav Bike recovered 2015.12.12

Recovered by seattle bike nuts with Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kinsey Bike recovered 2015.12.10

This bike was pawned at shop in Federal Heights, CO. The shop listed it on craigslist.com. Local police met me at the shop and the Bike Index.org helped police confirm it was my bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.12.8

The Clackamas County Oregon Sheriff's office recovered my bike in August, 2015 after questioning a suspicious person on how they obtained the bike they were riding. The deputy searched this Bike Index to discover I was the owner. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Daniel Bike recovered 2015.12.1

Found for sale on offerup.com flagged by BI user - seller gave it up without a fight. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2015.11.30

Bike shop had bike in for repair and flagged it. Recovered via Bike Index translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.28

Portland Police recovered it and emailed me after identifying the bike on the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Albert Bike recovered 2015.11.27

Someone saw my bike posted as found on another website. They recognized it from Bike Index, and came here to message me! I am so grateful!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Annalise Bike recovered 2015.11.27

The king county sheriff found it, and then identified it on the Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Drew Bike recovered 2015.11.25

HOLY CRAP! Thanks to Bike Index and the Seattle PD, I got my bike back! AMAZING! THANK YOU! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Casey Bike recovered 2015.11.25

A guy found the bike 20 miles from where it was stolen, emailed into this website, confirmed the serial number and I met him. Thank you for hosting this incredible service Bike Index!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Aaron Bike recovered 2015.11.25

My girlfriend found the thief/seller on Craigslist and arranged to meet him to buy the bike. I used the Bike Index to warn local shops that the thief was trying to sell it locally, so he was forced to sell it back to us via the internet at a very reduced price. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Gabriel Bike recovered 2015.11.23

King County Deputy Robert Nix recovered it the same evening and put it into evident storage, found my Bike Index listing. Kudos to the fantastic police work and the outstanding service this website has become! Donations are well deserved to keep this website going. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ron Bike recovered 2015.11.22

Not to be over exuberant or anything, but I'm ecstatic. A guy named Sam called last night, said he was working with the police and he was almost certain this was my bike. I took the bus down to the Seattle Police Southwest Precinct this afternoon, and low and behold, there it was. Almost 2 months later. Thank you so much, Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sam Bike recovered 2015.11.20

Bike was recovered by police with Bike Index assistance. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2015.11.17

My bike was stolen back in September. I registered it on Bike Index. Every few weeks I would get a link sent to me through Bike Index asking if this was my bike. They weren't, and I had pretty much given up hope on finding it. Then someone sent me a link to a bike that looked exactly like mine. I arranged to buy it. I met with police, who instructed me how to go about the purchase. They intercepted the purchase as soon as it started, and I got my bike back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Francis Bike recovered 2015.11.17

SPD officer found this in a derelict house, ran it by us, we ID'd it, and its back with the owner. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tamra Bike recovered 2015.11.17

A Seattle police Detective recovered my bike at the thief's homeless camp site at a Queen Anne Park about three weeks after it was taken from my secured parking garage. The surveillance video and the bike index registration played a part in my bikes recovery. I believe that the thief has been arrested. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kathy Bike recovered 2015.11.13

Recovered by Portland Police Bureau with the assistance of the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.12

Recovered by Portland Police Bureau with a Bike Index assist. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.9

Filed a police report within 2 hours of it being stolen. Vancouver Police working the DTES beat seized it from the 'vendor area' and returned it to me within 24 hours of it being stolen after identifying it on the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sheri Bike recovered 2015.11.9

Portland Police Bureau found it with Bike Index assistant. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.8

Portland Police Bureau found it with Bike Index assistant. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.8

Found for sale on ebay, Bike Index helped ID it, returned to owner. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2015.11.8

Identified on Bike Index, returned to owner. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2015.11.8

Bike Gallery identified the bike using Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2015.11.8