Recovery Stories

Calgary Police recovered it. They said having it on Bike Index made ID’ing the bike much easier and was definitely the right thing to do. Thank you for that!! I feel like I’ve been reunited with an old friend :) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Craig Bike recovered 2021.4.13

A gentleman texted me saying he purchased my bike from OfferUp. He drove all the way from his home to deliver the bike because I don't have a vehicle. I am feeling so much positivity about things and my faith in humanity has been revived by his and his wife's kind gesture. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Varun Bike recovered 2021.4.12

Someone attempted to pawn it four months after it was stolen. The police saw that it was listed as stolen on Bike Index and recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erin Bike recovered 2021.4.9

An individual in the neighborhood found it dumped on their lawn. After a couple of days, they checked Bike Index and found the exact match. No more than 24 hours between putting the bike(s) on this site, and one is found and returned. YAY! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ed Bike recovered 2021.4.7

A pawn shop in Colorado Springs received this bike. We were contacted, confirmed the bike was ours, and showed proof, and now it's back. Between the police report and Bike Index it was identified as stolen. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lee Bike recovered 2021.4.7

My bike was found abandoned in an industrial yard. The construction foreman searched my serial number on Bike Index and gave me a call. It took less than a month to get it back. It was just that easy - Thanx Bikeindex! I love this bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Richard Bike recovered 2021.4.7

I think the person who stole it from me decided to give it back. They contacted me through Bike Index. I couldn't get a story out of them as to how they acquired it. When I met up in person with them they just quickly gave my bike back and walked away. An interesting experience! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Annika Bike recovered 2021.4.4

A good samaritan found the Bike Index listing and called me. I directed the police to the location and they recovered the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nigel Bike recovered 2021.4.3

Someone spotted my bike in a pawn shop a few weeks ago after seeing the link I shared to a few biking Facebook groups when it got stolen. They found my number on Bike Index. The police department was amazing - I'm so pumped to be reunited with my baby after 18 months! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brady Bike recovered 2021.4.1

Someone bought it on OfferUp and found it marked stolen on Bike Index and contacted the police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2021.3.31

The bike was brought to a bike shop for repairs and an employee recognized it as a used bike they had sold out of their store. The person did not return to pick it up after repairs. The shop checked Bike Index and then called me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kevin Bike recovered 2021.3.26

SABRE and BRAT in Seattle had the bikes returned in less than 24 hours. Thanks also to a gentleman from Tacoma who called me with the tip! SPECIAL THANK YOU to Bike Index. He found the bikes stolen here and was able to get the ball rolling on recovery! Recovered both our bikes! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2021.3.25

SABRE and BRAT in Seattle had the bikes returned in less than 24 hours. Thanks also to a gentleman from Tacoma who called me with the tip! SPECIAL THANK YOU to Bike Index. He found the bikes stolen here and was able to get the ball rolling on recovery! Recovered both our bikes! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2021.3.25

The bike was turned in to the police who then tracked me down through Bike Index!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jordan Bike recovered 2021.3.24

Someone who tried to buy it found out through Bike Index that it was stolen and reported it to the police. The police recovered it and returned it to me. Thanks to that someone and the police!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Edward Bike recovered 2021.3.20

I was contacted by someone who purchased a bike but felt that something was off. He went on Bike Index and found my posting. We worked together with the police. He was able to get his money back and I have my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mateusz Bike recovered 2021.3.19

Another Bike Index user found her stolen bike, noticed the seller had other bikes and matched one of them to me. Both our bikes were recovered 500 miles away by the LAPD! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2021.3.18

Calgary Peace Officers saw it downtown and used Bike Index to look up my information to bring it back! It has some new tattoos on it but I'm so happy and thankful it's back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike katie Bike recovered 2021.3.18

The bike was dropped off near a community police station in NW Edmonton and I picked it up from the police. I'm assuming that because the bike flagged on Bike Index, the thief knew it was too hot to handle and left it behind. Thanks Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Adryan Bike recovered 2021.3.17

Found it on Facebook marketplace after 3 weeks. Set up a buy with police backup. Serial number stored on Bike Index was proof of ownership. Hurray!!! Lock your bike and remember the serial number. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jelle Bike recovered 2021.3.15

The bike was posted on Facebook for sale. Someone checked the serial against Bike Index and found it reported stolen. He contacted me via text. I facilitated a fake sale with the police to recover the bike. Bike Index helped in locating the bike and proving that I owned it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jessie Bike recovered 2021.3.14

A Facebook user from the “Stolen Bike SD” group found it on OfferUp and searched it up on Bike Index. She got my number and I was able to set up a meeting to buy it. Brought the Vista Sheriffs department and was able to get it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mark Bike recovered 2021.3.6

Found thanks to Bike Index over a month after it was stolen! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Grant Bike recovered 2021.3.5

I set up an alert on OfferUp, contacted the seller when the bike appeared, then had the police recover the bike at the meeting site. It was very very cool. Following the recovery suggestions on Bike Index was a huge help! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Gabriel Bike recovered 2021.3.5

Edmonton Police found my bike. They checked Bike Index, saw that my bike fit the description, and gave me a call. Got my bike back 4 days after it was gone! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrew Bike recovered 2021.3.4

A person found the bike by the alley next to his apartment building. He immediately called me once he saw the post on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ferchin Bike recovered 2021.3.3

Got a call from the police department a couple of days after marking it stolen and filing a report! It was super helpful for the officers to have the additional information from my Bike Index profile - photos, accessories, etc - to speed up the process of getting it back to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Johannes Bike recovered 2021.3.2

I received a call from an officer here in Edmonton who recovered my bike. They were doing basic patrol and noticed it. After checking the serial they confirmed it was mine. Thanks to Bike Index for the system that helped recover my stolen bike. Thank you so much to the officers. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brent Bike recovered 2021.3.1

A guy called my phone and said he bought it from someone for $200. He said he checked Bike Index and then phoned me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Doug Bike recovered 2021.2.27

Got help from someone who saw my post on Bike Index. He saw the bike on OfferUp and let me know. I contacted the police and recovered my bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ulises Bike recovered 2021.2.23

Recovered thanks to Bike Index and an honest buyer who returned it to me after buying it used, looking up the serial number, and finding it had been reported stolen on this site. Thanks for your help!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paige Bike recovered 2021.2.23

Cash America Pawn Shop on 19th & Broadway ran it on Bike Index and recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Agustin Bike recovered 2021.2.22

A purchaser off of Craigslist found my bike and returned it! His son had saved up for a bike and offered to give it back for free but I gave them a little reward so they didn't get shorted. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jordan Bike recovered 2021.2.19

Corvallis PD had seen my post on Bike Index and contacted me after my bike was stolen to request additional details about my bike and what had happened. I never thought I would see that bike again. Huge thanks to everyone who helped me get my beautiful bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Raquel Bike recovered 2021.2.17

I saw my bike listed on Craigslist - it was exactly the same down to every scratch on the blue paint. I went to meet the seller and told them it was mine. I had receipts, photos, and my Bike Index report to help me get it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Caleb Bike recovered 2021.2.15

A vigilant citizen spotted it locked to a rack outside of a Goodwill, called the police, who then called the fire department to bring a tool to break the u-lock. The police verified my identity and matched the bike to my Bike Index and police report. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Alan Bike recovered 2021.2.9

Someone saw the bike listed for sale online and checked Bike Index to see if it was stolen. They found my Bike Index listing and sent me a link to where it was posted for sale on OfferUp.com. I contacted Sacramento Police who got the bike back to me within a couple hours. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jared Bike recovered 2021.2.9

Someone bought it and brought it to a bike shop who thought the price they paid was low. The shop looked it up and found it on Bike Index. Thank you Bryan with Bike Index, Jon for returning it, and Good Weather Bikes in Seattle!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kelly Bike recovered 2021.2.6

After someone recognized this bike on OfferUp, Bike Index folks engaged SPD officers, who recovered the bike and kindly delivered it to my door. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kyle Bike recovered 2021.2.6

Someone who purchased the bike from the thief checked the serial number on Bike Index. They found out it registered stolen and contacted me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Trenton Bike recovered 2021.2.5

A guy bought it off Kijiji and realized it was a stolen bike from the Bike Index listing! He contacted me thereafter on Bike Index. Thank you for your help! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Leah Bike recovered 2021.2.2

A good samaritan on Bike index messaged and texted me! I called the police and waited at the scene until they arrived. And I got the bike back! I am so thankful for Bike Index and for the Portland bike community that looks out for each other! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Caroline Bike recovered 2021.2.2

Found via Bike index. The person who found it located me. I met them and they gave me the bike back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2021.2.1

It was found at an LRT station in Calgary, and because of Bike Index, the police were able to contact us. We got it back within a week of it being stolen - my son was very happy! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Terri Bike recovered 2021.2.1

A Good Samaritan found it on a bus rack and contacted me via my Bike Index report! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2021.1.30

The person I got it back from had purchased it on Offer Up. When he tried to register it, it came up stolen, so he called me since he saw it on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Marshall Bike recovered 2021.1.29

I received an email from a user here. They saw the bike on marketplace. The police were able to recover it a few hours later. So happy to have it back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Cameron Bike recovered 2021.1.27

It was found at the Mile High Flea Market, recognized thanks to Bike Index, and returned. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Elliot Bike recovered 2021.1.26

After I listed the bike on Bike Index someone noticed the bike in Ballard & then on OfferUp a week later. Thanks to all that sent me CCTV footage and those that looked online. I knew bike theft was a huge problem but had no idea there were so many good people keeping an eye out. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tyler Bike recovered 2021.1.25

I called East Wenatchee police to check if they had the bike and thanks to Bike Index I could prove ownership even after the thief altered the serial numbers. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brendan Bike recovered 2021.1.23