Recovery Stories

Police called yesterday. Said someone rode it up to the station and dropped it off. Officer was as bewildered as I am. I haven't been able to pick it up yet, but they said everything is there! Good News Story translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Daryl Bike recovered 2017.4.13

Awesome Policeman Brad found it at a homeless shelter and delivered to me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Yunus Bike recovered 2017.4.12

Police found it and contacted me via Bike Index translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrew Bike recovered 2017.4.10

A very nice gentleman found my bike in his backyard and noticed that it was a very nice bike. After calling around and searching for ways to get in touch with the owner, he finally got in touch with you guys, Bike Index, and contacted me. He emailed me Sunday morning and by the afternoon I was drinking a beer with my newly found bike!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Aaron Bike recovered 2017.4.10

Thieves returned to my home on the stolen bike. They were persuaded to return it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Seth Bike recovered 2017.4.10

It just so happens that the police recovered the bike the same day it was stolen. A good Samaritan, who saw what happened, alerted nearby police and the bike was recovered immediately. However, since I filed a police report with UCSF PD instead of SFPD it took a year for my bike to be returned. One year later, an SFPD officer looked up my bike on bike index and used the info on the site to find me. He contacted UCSF PD and they contacted me. Due to logistics and lack of direct contact with SFPD it took a really long time, but posting on the Bike Index really helped me get it back! Thanks! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jennifer Bike recovered 2017.4.8

I placed search emails in Craigslist and eBay to notify me when a bike matching the year make model showed up. I received a notification from eBay that a bike matching my description was for sale. I called the local police and they notified the boulder Colorado police. The boulder pd went to the consignment shop and seized the bike. I then reached out to the bike shop that consigned my bike. They actually retrieved it from the police station, packaged and shipped it. Two key points: get auto notifications set up early and have a specific search on your bike and a broad search. Remember: if you find your bike at a reputable bike shop, they will help you, they're on the owners' side. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Matthew Bike recovered 2017.4.7

I thought this site was a long shot and I'd never see my bike again. Wow, was I wrong. An amazing guy who lived a few blocks away, B, saw my bike locked behind his apartment under some junk. He thought it looked out of place, so he called his brother who knows a decent bit about bikes. The brother searched on this site and saw it reported stolen. B. called me, I ran over, and it was indeed my bike! The thief locked my bike with a u-lock, and B. generously offered to buy a drill bit to remove it. Just as he returned, the thieves showed up in a van – they had come back to collect the bike! B. confronted them ... When the thief tried to escape, B. chased and tackled him until the police showed up. All in all – got my bike back, thief arrested – all thanks to this site and the local hero B. Amazing day. Thanks again! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Alex Bike recovered 2017.4.6

Someone tweeted at Bike Index and we were put in touch! It was TWITTER MAGIC!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christine Bike recovered 2017.4.6

A Bike index user contacted me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erick Bike recovered 2017.4.5

Someone posted it on craigslist and a man called me because he was going to buy it and looked at the Bike Index before the purchase to ensure that it wasn't stolen. He called me to let me know he may have found my bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Leanna Bike recovered 2017.4.5

Recovered by Metro Transit Police. Thank you for your hard work tracking this down! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2017.4.4

We posted notices and got a text from a guy at 11:30pm on Sat (4/1) night saying that he had seen the bike for sale. Long and short, 1.5 hrs and $300 later, we had 'bought' the bike back. Not ideal, but buying a new bike would have cost us a lot more. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Addy Cargo Bike (Rear Storage) recovered 2017.4.3

5 years later- my husband happened to see a guy riding it and called the police! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Emmalee Bike recovered 2017.4.2

I received a call from the Portland, OR evidence lockup saying they found my bike listed on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Joshua Bike recovered 2017.3.31

Neighbor found the bike in the woods across the highway, minus the rack adapter that was attached to it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Karen Bike recovered 2017.3.30

A fellow biker found it locked outside their apartment. It looked suspicious, so he looked it up on Bike Index. I met up and got it back :) A lot of my parts are missing, but I'm so glad to have it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lexi Bike recovered 2017.3.23

My stolen bike was taken in to a local bike shop for maintenance and was recovered as it was registered on Bike Index. Thank you so much for providing this service and for collaborative effort with Cycle Portland. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Pattric Bike recovered 2017.3.11

Spotted it unlocked in front of bar after Twitter tip. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Charlie Cargo Bike (Front Storage) recovered 2017.3.9

It was picked up by the Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Derek Bike recovered 2017.3.8

Jade from this website saw my bike and called the police for me! They confiscated it and called me from my police report! Amazing people all around! I will be downloading Twitter specifically to help with locating bikes! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kaili Bike recovered 2017.3.4

An officer found it at a pawn shop. Thank you!!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sara Bike recovered 2017.3.2

Good samaritan notified me he bought the bike on Offer Up app. He looked it up on the Bike Index and contacted me. The bike was returned. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nader Bike recovered 2017.2.27

A guy purchased the bike off Craigslist but was told by his friend to check the Bike Index. He was honest enough to call me to return it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Almie Bike recovered 2017.2.24

Portland Police Officer found the frame in a homeless camp. So thankful to get it back!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Patrick Bike recovered 2017.2.21

Amazing! Spotted by someone on the Burke Gilman outside a tent. In safe hands - thank you, Kale!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Alicia Bike recovered 2017.2.20

Bike Index member found an add on offerup and snagged it for me. Score! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Pat Bike recovered 2017.2.18

Bike Index member found an add on offerup and snagged it for me. Score! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Pat Bike recovered 2017.2.18

A deputy with Clackamas Sheriff's Co found the bike and reached out via the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Gabe Bike recovered 2017.2.17

KCSO officers found it thanks to the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ferrinstorm Bike recovered 2017.2.13

Thank you so so so much to Bike Index and to Ofc. Sanders. I was so bummed when my bike was stolen from my school, but thanks to Bike Index just the other day I got an email from a police officer saying he had my bike, and I'm going to go pick it up in a few days. A huge thanks to Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Watson Bike recovered 2017.2.12

Someone in SF observed some guy trying to sell a bike that she was pretty sure was stolen. She was proactive and went out to talk to them (kind of brave I think!). The person ran off leaving my bike with her. She called the police, who told her it was hopeless to find the owner, so they were going to trash it (boo!). But she persuaded them to leave it with her, and looked up the serial # on the Bike Index -- and found me! I never thought I would get my bike back -- I had it for 30 years, so it is a sentimental thing for me. Thanks Alison, and thanks Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nancy Bike recovered 2017.2.11

Pawn shop checked Bike Index and then informed the long arm of the law, who then contacted me. Result! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ronnie Bike recovered 2017.2.10

My stolen bike way brought to a local bike shop for some repairs. The owners of the shop looked on Bike Index and saw that the bike that came in for repairs was mine contacted me and let me know that they had my bike safe and sound. Without Bike Index I am certain that I would not have my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nathan Bike recovered 2017.2.10

Brian from the Bike Index contacted me after seeing my stolen bike on westseattleblog.com. After a few phone calls I arranged to pick up my bike from the school where it was found abandoned. It has been a long time missing but it is home safe and in good condition. Thanks Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erin Bike recovered 2017.2.9

Portland Police helped recover it via the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rich Bike recovered 2017.2.8

Found in pawn shop via Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Steve Bike recovered 2017.2.8

I found it listed on Offerupnow, contacted the seller as an interested buyer, test rode it around the corner and stole it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Blazer Bike recovered 2017.2.6

Minneapolis Police recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Magdalen Bike recovered 2017.2.6

Recovered via PPB using the Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bike Index Bike recovered 2017.2.5

Member of the public found it dumped in their garden. Saw the post on stolenbikes.co.uk translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Dave Bike recovered 2017.2.5

A good samaritan (thanks Aaron) saw a sketchy dude locking up a bike that looked a bit too nice. So, he waited until he left and checked the serial number against the stolen bike registry. He found my posting and called me. He then proceeded to lock up my bike until I got there. It was pretty awesome. The cops and Harborview security cut through the thiefs lock. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Alex Bike recovered 2017.2.4

A person bought it on the street in trade for a laptop. Or at least that was the story. This person saw it on Bike Index and contacted me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Steve Bike recovered 2017.2.3

Found on Gumtree thanks to Bike Index spotter translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Joe Bike recovered 2017.2.2

Found by Brown Cycles in Grand Junction, CO. Owner never bothered to update it once found. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Dave Bike recovered 2017.2.1

3 months after it was stolen, someone from Bike Index spotted it for sale at the Laney Fleamarket in Oakland, and gave me a call. I went to the front gate, told them I was there to recover my stolen bike. Paid $1 entry fee, went in and located my bike, then went back to the front. They radio'd two undercover security guards to escort me to the vendor booth. We got there, they told him I was there to get my stolen bike and that I would be taking it. They took down my information, recorded the vendors ID, and I was sent away with my bike while the vendor of stolen goods waited with the Laney Flea security to be questioned and escorted off the premises by the police. It was awesome. Thank you bike index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Crystal Bike recovered 2017.2.1

A co worker found it inside of the building where I made a delivery. It appears when I was parked outside of the elevator in the parking garage someone picked it up and took it to the third floor. My lock was still on it. The thief was unable to remove the lock. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tanya Bike recovered 2017.1.28

I received a call this morning from the Portland Police Department that I bike was found in the back of a stolen car, in perfect condition. Praise God. This happened one day after posting it on your website. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Keith Bike recovered 2017.1.27

Someone found the frame laying on the ground near my building! All most everything else was taken off the frame, but hey the frame back is something translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christopher Bike recovered 2017.1.26

Someone bought it, checked the Bike Index, and returned it to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Philip Bike recovered 2017.1.26