Recovery Stories

A guy steps in a pawn shop in Seattle and is trying to sell the bike only for $100! They checked the Bike Index and found out that the bike was stolen. They let the guy know that the bike is stolen and they guy ran away. They called me saying that they have my bike. Thanks guys! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Milad Bike recovered 2017.8.1

I was contacted by two maintenance workers from North Clackamas County Parks and Recreation who found my bike at abandoned at a park. They ran the bike's serial number on Bike Index and found my "stolen bike" post from last year. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mark Bike recovered 2017.7.30

Found by Portland Police Bike Theft Task force officers, ID'd via the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christine Bike recovered 2017.7.20

Back Alley Bike Repair saw this bike in Bike Index and called me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Josh Bike recovered 2017.7.20

Someone contacted me through Bike index and returned it to me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jeremy Bike recovered 2017.7.18

I registered my bike after it was stolen and a few weeks later got a message from someone who had bought my bike off of someone on the street, checked the Index and realized it was stolen. They just wanted to get it back to the rightful owner. I'm so grateful for their kindness, and so happy to have my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Claire Bike recovered 2017.7.17

Found by Stolen Bikes Nola via the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Stolen Bikes NOLA Bike recovered 2017.7.13

Bike was purchased on pinkbike, buyer realized it was stolen after checking the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brett Bike recovered 2017.7.13

A wonderful neighbor spotted the posting about this bike. He then saw another neighbor with the bike and was able to buy it back and then get in touch with us through this the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chelsi Bike recovered 2017.7.13

The officers found my bike registered with Bike Index and subsequently found the police report about it being stolen. I'm so very grateful for these Samaritans and, of course, the Bike Index! Wow! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Vivian Bike recovered 2017.7.10

Was contacted that my bike was listed on Craigslist under the lost and found category with the title, "I stole your bike and want to return it". Strangely enough, I met up with the bike thief and was given back my bike. Would have never found it on craigslist if I didn't get a call from someone saying they saw my bike and found the listing on the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Geoffrey Bike recovered 2017.7.10

A good Samaritan found it under their porch and it had been there for 2 weeks, along with some clothes and other various personal belongings. They brought it in to Bike Gallery on Milwaukee and Bike Gallery found it on the Bike Index and contacted me! Thanks everyone! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Greg Bike recovered 2017.7.8

Portland Police on patrol found bike leaning on a tent near the PSU campus. Fender Kit removed, Lime Green U Lock was painted black and bell was smashed. Great work by Debra, Portland Police and Bryan at the Bike Index to contact me and my very new Kona bike is in great shape considering I missed it for 3 weeks. Thank you Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike JC Bike recovered 2017.7.6

Stolen in 2010, this bike was recovered in 2017 by Portland Police Bureau's Property and Evidence Division via the Bike Index translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Seth Bike recovered 2017.7.3

Recovered by Portland Police & ID'd in the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michele Bike recovered 2017.7.3

Friendly stranger saw it abandoned in the weeds. Found me on the Bike Index. Hooray translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2017.7.1

One week after reporting the bike as stolen on Bike Index I received an email from the Bike Index stating that the bike has been recovered and was turned at the Police property warehouse where I was able to pick it up. Thanks a lot! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rikm Bike recovered 2017.6.30

Portland Police matched the serial from the Bike Index and gave me a call. Bike is completely intact (down to the functioning speedometer). Really stoked! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2017.6.29

Someone messaged me off the Bike Index and pointed me in the right direction! Thanks y'all! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kiara Bike recovered 2017.6.27

Brought in to our neighborhood LBS, who checked the Bike Index and repossessed the bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Greg Bike recovered 2017.6.26

PPB Bike Theft recovered and they confirmed my serial through the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Terrence Bike recovered 2017.6.23

Someone found it in their backyard bushes, only a few blocks away! Thanks Bike Index and my neighbor who bothered to look it up! It's been my year-round commuter vehicle for 7 years, I am glad to have it home after only 1 week missing. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Melody Bike recovered 2017.6.19

Someone saw the bike a few blocks away in a random driveway, u-lock still on it... and returned it using this posting. THANKS SO MUCH to Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Richard Bike recovered 2017.6.19

I found it on the street! Locked to a city post. Literally 10 feet away from the bike shop I was about to walk into and buy a new one. Cops were able to identify it through the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Katie Bike recovered 2017.6.18

Notification from Bryan at Bike Index and also from a friend that it was on the local auction site! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Laura Bike recovered 2017.6.13

Bike Index was really great and super helpful and I got my 'wedding' bike back!!! Thank you so much again, I don't think I would have gotten it back without you guys and the amazing work you do! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Katie Bike recovered 2017.6.9

An awesome guy found it and looked it up on the Bike Index and contacted us! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Schulton Bike recovered 2017.6.7

Found via the Bike Index for sale on offerup, years after initial theft, owner retrieved it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2017.6.7

PPB found it and ID'd it the bike using the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Dan Bike recovered 2017.6.7

Got an email from Bike Index that a bike like mine appeared on OfferUp.com. Went to go check out the bike and told the person it was mine and stolen. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Matt Bike recovered 2017.6.6

Thanks to an awesome community member and Bike Index, my bike is home with little damage. Thanks MP! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Linda Bike recovered 2017.6.4

Thanks to a vigilant community member and Bike Index both of our bikes made it back home within hours! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Linda Bike recovered 2017.6.4

Recovered by Rick Cycle Shop and ID'd via the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Henry Bike recovered 2017.6.4

Thanks to a vigilant community member and Bike Index both of our bikes made it back home within hours! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Linda Bike recovered 2017.6.4

Bought on Craigslist, ID'd in the Bike Index :) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Obed Bike recovered 2017.6.4

Recovered by CCSO, ID'd on the Bike Index back on May 5th. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2017.6.3

First saw the bike listed on OfferUp.com over Memorial Day weekend. Tried to connect with seller but bike sold to the guy that returned it to me. One week later, the guy who ended up returning it to me listed it on OfferUp to cover his medical expenses for his broken collar bone. I was notified by several members of the Bike Index, and someone in a lost/stolen bicycle Facebook group knew the seller. He connected us, the seller checked craigslist and pinkbike.com to see if the bike was stolen before he bought it (my Craigslist stolen post expired a few days prior). Seller and I met up and he returned the bike to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2017.6.3

Police recovered it and found me on Bike Index via the serial number. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Travis Bike recovered 2017.6.2

Police saw it with a guy on the street, ran it through the Bike Index, collected it and returned it to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Konstantin Bike recovered 2017.5.31

A stranger saw it under an overpass, thought it looked sketchy/stolen. Checked Bike Index, saw my stolen bike listing and texted me the location! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jillian Bike recovered 2017.5.31

Police found it during a cleanup of a camp and looked up the serial number using Bike Index! I was so happy I cried when they called to tell me it had been found. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Anne Bike recovered 2017.5.25

A wonderful couple happened to notice my post on Craigslist (and then on the Bike Index as well) and managed to buy it back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Philip Bike recovered 2017.5.25

Somebody tried to sell my bike in loan store, before buy it man from store checked bike on the Bike Index and found it stolen. Thief instantly disappeared and left the bike. Then man from store called me ask to pick it up. Thank you, Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Georgii Bike recovered 2017.5.25

ID'd on the Bike Index and returned - even without a serial number on file! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Stolen Bikes NOLA Bike recovered 2017.5.24

Recovered by CCSO - ID'd in the Bike Index, found owners new email address, and got confirmation she got it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lindsey Bike recovered 2017.5.22

A second hand bike shop contacted me that they had a bike that looked similar to the one I had listed on the Bike Index. It was mine! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Margarita Bike recovered 2017.5.21

The Police found someone with it in the U-District and ID'd it using the Bike Index. They brought it back to my door! Huge shout out to UWPD! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kyle Bike recovered 2017.5.14

A stranger named Zoe saw my bike on the street and thought it looked stolen. She haggled with the guy who had it and bought it from him for not much money. She looked up the bike on the Bike Index and found me!!! I'm thrilled. It's been chopped apart a bit but nothing I can't fix. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rebecca Bike recovered 2017.5.10

A kind hearted eBay user found the bike for sale online, did their homework and suspected it was a match with my listing on the Bike Index, though couldn't confirm the serial number as it wan't in the eBay listing. They alerted me and provided the listing # so I could follow up with the seller. The bike was being sold with a $200 shipping fee out of Baltimore, MD (where I live and where it was stolen from). I messaged the seller and arranged a meeting to see the bike, and brought proof of ownership (receipt from original purchase) and the Bike Index stolen bike listing. The serial number was a match! They told me they had purchased the bike on Craigslist 2 years prior (shortly after it was stolen), for $200, and they were sad but understanding that their purchase of the stolen bike was not a legal transfer of ownership... they gave it back to me and we exchanged info, in the event they're able to track down the person who sold it to them, who we suspect is or is connected to the thief. Aside from a few scratches and a tear in the seat, the bike is still in great condition. After 2 years apart, it feels so good to be reunited!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Timothy Bike recovered 2017.5.9

A kind soul found it on craigslist and went out of his way to return it to me when he saw my stolen bike report. I'm so appreciative! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Garrett Bike recovered 2017.5.8