Recovery Stories

After our bikes were stolen, we registered them on the Bike Index, and a local hero contacted us to say that there's a sketchy listing on OfferUp with a bike that looks a lot like one of ours. It definitely was.

Medium recovery 1047 Valeria Bike recovered 2019.4.5

The Edmonton Police Services recovered my bike on April 5, 2019 at the Coliseum LRT station. They were able to use the Bike Index to ID me as the owner. I met the Constable at the station and brought my bike home.

Medium recovery 1048 Gillian Bike recovered 2019.4.5

The police received a hit the Bike Index that a pawn shop had entered in the serial number of the bike and it was a stolen bike.

Medium recovery 1060 Shawn Potts Bike recovered 2019.4.4

Stolen Bikes NOLA called me and I picked it up Saturday, 30 March 2019 ! Thank You so much Stolen Bikes NOLA & Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1044 Stephen Bike recovered 2019.4.2

Someone posted on Stolen Bikes Nola that they bought a bike locally. Another member shared my post from Bike Index, and I was able to make contact and verify it was my bike! You guys definitely helped, and I will say this: from now on I will take many pictures and make sure I register my serial #!

Medium recovery 1045 Chin-Sun Lee Bike recovered 2019.4.1

The wonderful team of Stolen Bikes NOLA found it and contacted me via the Bike Index March 18th to recover it. I was out of the country and came back last night: today I picked it up.

Medium recovery 1041 Esme Bike recovered 2019.3.31

Thief posted bike for sale on line. People saw my add on here and contacted me about the add. Would have never been able to contact police services as quickly as I did without the Bike Index! Thank you!!!

Medium recovery 1042 Andrew Bike recovered 2019.3.30

I had someone I know pretend like they were interested in buying it and when they went to exchange the money he just took it! Found using the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1071 Bailey Bike recovered 2019.3.30

Someone saw the bike on the Bike Index's twitter and recognized it on the street.

Medium recovery 1043 Patrick Bike recovered 2019.3.29

Recovered 5 years later after someone found it abandoned and then used the Bike Index to identify it!

Medium recovery 1040 Julie Bike recovered 2019.3.21

The Portland Police located the bike after 3 months missing and used the Bike Index to contact me! Thanks Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1039 Toblerpwn Bike recovered 2019.3.19

After it was stolen at the end of last week, my bike apparently took a trip downtown Seattle. I'm told it was sold on the street to a guy for $150. The "new owner" was led to believe it was not stolen - but when he went to register it on Bike Index realized it was mine. Thank you Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1038 Lauren Bike recovered 2019.3.18

The Bike Index sent me a link to the seller who had listed it on LetGo. I worked with local law enforcement and we recovered it 2 years after it was stolen!

Medium recovery 1034 Christopher Bike recovered 2019.3.16

I visited the seller's home where I posed as a buyer and visually identified the bike, then cops picked it up and verified the serial number. The Bike index was useful to quickly share the information with friends and the police, and as a reference for myself.

Medium recovery 1036 Julie Bike recovered 2019.3.10

Someone contacted me after seeing that I posted my bike missing on the Bike Index. Turned out it was my bike and I was able to get it back home within a few hours!

Medium recovery 1035 Jeff Bike recovered 2019.3.6

Person who purchased it checked the Bike Index and saw that it was stolen. They were awesome enough to give me a call so I could recover it! Thanks Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1037 Forest Bike recovered 2019.3.1

Person who bought it returned it after seeing it on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1033 Peter Bike recovered 2019.2.28

An awesome bike messenger saw it near 7-Eleven downtown pdx. Posted the picture on Instagram, and his friend found it on the Bike Index. He contacted me, and found it again later in the day.

Medium recovery 1031 Greg Bike recovered 2019.2.25

Bike was returned by pastor of Methodist church where it was left behind by someone who was camping in the vicinity. The pastor saw bike on the Bike Index and contacted me.

Medium recovery 1030 Matt Bike recovered 2019.2.25

Dude bought it on OfferUp, they checked the Bike Index and saw it was stolen. Contacted me almost immediately.

Medium recovery 1029 Walker Bike recovered 2019.2.24

Bike Index for the win! Someone found it abandoned near their bldg and brought it in. Thank you!!

Medium recovery 1032 Lindsey Bike recovered 2019.2.23

Calgary peace officer saw my Bike Index listing and saw some one on the bike while on duty, spread the word about it, and literally within a day the bike was found!

Medium recovery 1028 Alex Bike recovered 2019.2.21

While it was unclear where the person saw it first, a person connected my bike from Bike Index with a bike (mine) for sale on the Bellingham/Whatcom County, WA facebook for sale classifieds, for $1,500. Thanks, Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1027 Eric Bike recovered 2019.2.11

Someone found the bike and tried to sell it at a pawn shop, but after realizing it was registered stolen on the Bike index they wouldn't buy it! The person called me and asked for a small reward and returned my bike to me. Thank you!

Medium recovery 1026 Stephanie Bike recovered 2019.2.1

Someone contacted me after running the serial number on the Bike Index. Thanks!

Medium recovery 1025 Nick Bike recovered 2019.1.23

The police found it! Thanks Bike Index for telling us about the twitter tip off about bike being painted - that was indeed our bike!

Medium recovery 1024 Patrick Bike recovered 2019.1.23

SFPD officer checks Twitter every morning for Bike Index tweets. He saw the tweet about my bike and happened to see it on the street in the morning. Whoo hoo!

Medium recovery 1023 Beth Bike recovered 2019.1.18

Found it on OfferUp via someone on the Bike Index. Met the seller and bought the bike back for next to nothing.

Medium recovery 1022 Shawn Bike recovered 2019.1.15

Someone bought the bike downtown, and then searched the serial number on the Bike Index. They realized the bike was stolen, so they got in contact with a Bike Index representative, and now I have it back! The only compensation the person asked was that we make a donation to the Bike Index! Done!

Medium recovery 1021 Teasha Bike recovered 2019.1.15

Edmonton Police Service recovered it using the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1020 Damian Bike recovered 2019.1.9

A Bike Index user saw a posting on Letgo and emailed me suggesting that it was my bike for sale. I contacted the seller, who agreed to meet me. I called the police on my way to the meet, and the officers came shortly after I looked at the serial number and confirmed it was my bike.

Medium recovery 1019 Jeffrey Bike recovered 2019.1.8

Another Bike Index user saw it for sale! The authorities did a sting operation & got it back!

Medium recovery 1018 Monica Bike recovered 2019.1.8

Someone found my info on the Bike Index and got in touch with me via the authorities.

Medium recovery 1017 Tom Bike recovered 2019.1.8

Someone bought the bike on OfferUp and realized it was mine by looking it up on the Bike Index! The bike is damaged but I'm so glad to have it back.

Medium recovery 1016 Jonah Bike recovered 2019.1.3

Stolen Bikes Edmonton helped me find it by using the Bike Index!

Medium recovery 1015 Martin Bike recovered 2019.1.3

Someone bought this bike on Craigslist, then they looked it up on the Bike Index and found out it was stolen.

Medium recovery 1014 Eric Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Bike was ID'd on the Bike Index after the thief tried to sell the finder the bike, obviously stolen, for $100.

Medium recovery 1013 Bryan Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Bike rolled into a local Portland shop, who ID'd it as stolen on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1012 Bryan Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Bike Index was key to getting the bike back. A Craigslist user used Bike Index to determine that a bike being offered for sale was this stolen bike, and let me and the police know. The police quickly recovered it from the would-be seller.

Medium recovery 1011 Stephen Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Neighbor found it on their property and ID'd it via the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1010 Shay Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Found by someone who bought it off Craigslist and ID'd it as stolen on the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1009 Taylor Bike recovered 2018.12.29

BIKE works found it and Id'd it with the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 1008 Mike Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Thief tried to sell the bike at USA Pawn in Milwaukie, OR. Their staff used the Bike Index to identify it as stolen, kept it, and contacted me to pick it up.

Medium recovery 1007 Jacob Bike recovered 2018.12.29

Police picked up the bike and then identified me through my Bike Index registration!

Medium recovery 1006 Victoria Bike recovered 2018.12.14

A neighbor found my bike leaned against their house, just 2 blocks from where it was stolen. They found me through a friend that networks with the Bike Index. Thank you so so much!!!

Medium recovery 1005 Shana Bike recovered 2018.12.10

Bike was on OfferUp. Someone from the Bike Index emailed me the ad. I followed the profile to Facebook and looked up the lady on Facebook. We set up a sting with the lady and her wife, when we went to purchase the bike the cops took over and they arrested the lady.

Medium recovery 986 Thomas Bike recovered 2018.12.6

Members of the Facebook group, Stolen bikes Edmonton, reported finding it and recovered it. The group used the Bike Index to confirm details of the bike before physically recovering it.

Medium recovery 987 Gerard Bike recovered 2018.12.5

Recovered by pawn partner in Las Vegas using LEADS + the Bike Index.

Medium recovery 990 Mom Bike recovered 2018.12.5

Thanks to the Bike Index and an observant neighbor! Thanks Bike Index!

Medium recovery 991 Kirsten Bike recovered 2018.12.5

Another intelligent, vigilant cyclist searched for my bike on the Bike Index after it was left behind at the scene by the thief of his neighbor's scooter. It was missing for only 5 days. My hero!

Medium recovery 992 Emily Bike recovered 2018.12.5