Recovery Stories

Police recovered the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rob Bike recovered 2016.12.13

Citizen found bike in their yard abandoned, reported to Dept. of Transportation who found me in the registry, returned to me within one week of being stolen!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Don Bike recovered 2016.12.12

A member of Bike Index spotted my bike listed on a site called offerup.com. he messaged me. My son and I set up a time to "Buy" the bike from the "Holder" of the bike in a Lowe's parking lot. we arrived early and staked out the setting. I went in the store to wait. My son messaged me when they arrived. I went out to the parking lot further away and watched the situation. When my son confirmed the bike was mine, he gave me the pre-determined signal. I called 911. he went inside the store to "get money from the ATM" to stall. I saw the people were getting nervous and getting ready to leave. I went up and confronted them at that point to stall them. The police arrived in about 8 minutes after I called them. The police then confirmed details and I was able to take the bike home with me :D translated from English

Photo of recovered bike David Bike recovered 2016.12.6

Police contacted me and I picked it up from them. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Hlynur Bike recovered 2016.12.6

The bike was recovered by the El Segundo Police Department and held in property storage. ESPD called me to pick it up. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sean Bike recovered 2016.12.6

Found thanks to Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2016.12.5

A super kind soul saw my bike at a pawn shop, realized that it was a bit out of place, checked to see if it was on Bike Index, and then reached out to me. It was in fact my bike! Thanks so much Bobby (and Bike Index!) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Matt Bike recovered 2016.12.5

Pawn shop contacted the police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike AT Bike recovered 2016.12.4

Recovered by shop thanks to Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Scott Bike recovered 2016.12.4

After 4 weeks of searching, I received a call from someone. They have purchased a frame at a San Jose flea market and checked the serial number. The kind stranger offered to return it to me, but I was just relieved that at least a part of the bike has ended up in good hands. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Aleksey Bike recovered 2016.12.4

The bike was stolen from in front of my house, while I ran inside for a quick minute. When I returned, it was gone. I ran back inside and reported it stolen on the Bike Index and within a matter of 2 hours, I was called by the person who had found the bike. I was so relieved translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jose Bike recovered 2016.12.4

Recovered by shop thanks to Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Scott Bike recovered 2016.12.4

New friend found my bike for sale on Craigslist and Pinkbike, then called me (on vacation in Mexico) to confirm theft. He got it touch with Portland police and I followed up when I returned. Officer Dave Sanders got in touch with seller and recovered the bike. Thank you new friend Mike, Portland police officer Sanders and the Bike Index!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bill Bike recovered 2016.12.3

Police recovered the bike yesterday. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Shawn Gibbs Bike recovered 2016.12.3

Edmonton police service found the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrea Bike recovered 2016.12.2

The Santa Barbara Sheriffs recovered the bike in a stolen Porsche that the thief had crashed apparently near Oprah's house in Montecito. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Larry Bike recovered 2016.12.2

A woman in the area saw my Craigslist post and recognized the bike when the thief tried to sell it to her. She called me and let me know where he was. A friend helped me by cruising the area looking for the guy and got it back. New Orleans is a tiny city and people who live here are mostly good. Yay, networking. Thank you for having this site up. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kerry Bike recovered 2016.11.29

Found by local resident and reported to police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lincoln City Police Department, Oregon Bike recovered 2016.11.28

Bike was recovered by the UWPD abandoned under a stairwell the same day it was stolen. I got a sweet seat upgrade and some dope stickers, but otherwise my bike was exactly as I had locked it up. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Seth Bike recovered 2016.11.28

Someone read posts on twitter and contacted me. I'm feelin the love! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Acaddock Bike recovered 2016.11.27

After 4 weeks missing, my bike was found chained to a man's fence in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. This great guy noticed the bike, checked the serial number, and found the bike on this website. He called the local police, who notified me! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jonathan Bike recovered 2016.11.23

It was posted on craglist And i pretended to be buyer and showed up with police translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2016.11.22

A friend saw someone had listed a Surly on Craigslist for $300. He saw there was a stolen bike matching it's description on the Bike Index, offered the seller $150 over asking, went to go pick it up and simply said, "I know this bike is stolen." The person handed it over and he got my contact info off the index and reunited me with my bike! Thanks, Bike Index!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Morgan Bike recovered 2016.11.20

The thief tried to sell it at a local sporting good consignment shop. I had called all the local shops with a description and they recognized and reported it immediately. Bike is home safe and sound. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nile Bike recovered 2016.11.19

I put signs up all over the neighborhood! Someone called me and said they had found it in the hands of others. Still not sure if they were the one who stole it or not but I gave them a reward anyway. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Regan Bike recovered 2016.11.19

Got a call from local bike repair shop in downtown Seattle - eight months later I am reunited with my bike. A little different looking after living on the street with gold petals, stickers, but good to have it back home. Kudos to Bike Index and the Brad at The Bicycle Repair Shop at 68 Madison Street, proving that bike people are good people. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2016.11.18

Someone saw the bike posted online then checked with BikeIndex to make sure it wasn't stolen. After seeing the bike, the person contacted me saying, "I think I found your bike". I made contact with the seller, involved the police (I had a filed a police report when it was stolen), and the police confronted the seller and recovered the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Daniel Bike recovered 2016.11.17

Two kind passersby saw my bike in a homeless encampment at Hubble &7th in the dogpatch and called me. I hustled over there and took it back. This was 24hours after I listed my bike as stolen. This service is a miracle!!! People are so kind and try so hard to help. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ella Bike recovered 2016.11.17

Found with Bike Index help! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Markus Bike recovered 2016.11.13

A very stand up guy bought my bike for his girlfriend at a Flea Market in Oakland . After purchasing it, he saw my stolen bike ad on Craigslist and contacted me. I'm so happy I got my bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mia Bike recovered 2016.11.12

Police located in a local pawn shop. It was well used, but it was found. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bobby Bike recovered 2016.11.10

The Seattle Police Department recovered this bike, cross-referenced it on Bike Index, and got in touch. Awesome! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michael Bike recovered 2016.11.10

Eric bought my bike for $50 and was thrilled! Then, when he started thinking it was too good a deal, he checked the Bike Index and saw my stolen posting. He contacted me and returned it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike William Bike recovered 2016.11.6

@GetYourBikeBack tweeted description of found bike. Was able to verify description through the Bike Index and, as an added bonus, SPD then located another one of our stolen bikes listed on Bike Index in their warehouse! Many many thanks to SPD and Bike Index. We thought these were gone for good. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Nick Bike recovered 2016.11.3

Police found a "Black Fuse"at a pawn shop with a clearly phony serial number entered in the Bike Index database. Detective called and shop confirmed actual serial matched my bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Tom Bike recovered 2016.11.2

Thanks to the police and my theft report, boys in blue delivered it to my door! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Daniel Bike recovered 2016.11.1

Someone walked into Portland Cycle Tours with it days after it was stolen, and they recognized it from a Bike Index tweet and recovered it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Abra Bike recovered 2016.11.1

I got a call today from a wonderful lady who found it and looked on the Bike Index! Not even a picture or serial number on my profile and I have my baby back. Unbelievable! Thank you Julie and thank you Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Greg Bike recovered 2016.10.31

My bike has been recovered after 3 months gone! A huge Thank You!!! to Mark at Pine Mountain Sports in Bend, who spotted it on craigslist, and for the amazing work of Officer Tim Williams of the Bend Police Department for his diligence and perseverance in locating it and seizing it from the perpetrators!! It takes a village and I am forever grateful!!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Annie Bike recovered 2016.10.28

A Bike Index member spotted it across the city - where I never would have found it - and when I went to the location he saw it at, it was still there and I was able to recover it from the thief. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Adam Bike recovered 2016.10.25

Some guy found it in the bushes, looked all over online. Was unaware of Bike Index and contacted local PD who got a hold of me while I was touring route 66. Came home reunited. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Anthony Bike recovered 2016.10.25

A police officer found my bike behind an abandoned hose a few miles from where it was stolen. He found the bike on bike index immediately after he had recovered it! I had filed a police report at the same time as reporting it as stolen on bike index, but the poliece report for whatever reason, bid not show up yet on his serce, he did not even know I had filed one yet! He gave me a call using the bike index info, and my bike was back with me within a few hours of being found, Amazingly fast! It was not unscathed however.... They decided it needed an upgrade, so spray painted it grey! I've got to give the guy credit, he tried really hard to do a good job, removing the wheels, taping off certain parts to attempt a cleaner look and preserve the RALEIGH logos! He scratched off the part of the saddle that said "lady", swapped my pedals out with some sweet retro platforms, and added a sturdy water bottle cage and headlight. All in less than 24 hours! I feel so fortunate to have it back. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Cari Bike recovered 2016.10.25

Thank you to those who are in the bike community and KNOW when they see something that doesn't add up and take the time out of their busy day to take action!!! I am amazed and impressed. We couldn't have recovered all THREE bikes without your help. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Michele Bike recovered 2016.10.25

Someone "found" it and brought it to a local bike shop for service. Shop owner recognized it from a facebook forum on local stolen bikes. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mike Bike recovered 2016.10.22

A city bus driver who rides a Surly noticed it laying in the front yard of a house in a part of the city where peeps generally do not own road bikes. He went to our local bike shop and with their assistance and the police recovered the bike. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Mike Bike recovered 2016.10.22

Bay area bikes called me, saying that someone had brought in the bike for work, and saw it listed stolen in the Bike Index. I confirmed the bike stolen, and forwarded receipt information. An Oakland PD officer later called me to confirm receipt, and theft details, and returned my bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jeff Bike recovered 2016.10.21

Thank you Bike Index and thank you PSU Bike Hub! A watchful eye of fine people brought this bike home! My bike was stolen out of a secure parking lot downtown. Surveillance video shows three people entering the parking garage in the middle of the day, two people hide under a staircase and shoot up, while the third cuts my lock and walks away with my bike. I get a call from Clint at the Bike Hub at PSU telling me that they found my bike and campus security have detained the perp and police were on their way. I called the officer who I just left to alert him to the situation and walked to PSU. There it was. There was my bike and the poor addict who stole it. The same kid who was seen in the parking garage the day before. It was covered with a bit of electrical tape and missing the bike bag, but it was back! Thank you Bike Index. If it wasn't for you, Clint at the Bike Hub would have no resource to use when he saw something that looked odd to him. He was able to pull up the index, see my report, alert security, stop a thief, and call me for the recovery! I recommend everyone register your bike with the Bike Index and get a proper lock!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2016.10.21

Police called after checking registration on Bike Index, found at a home with multiple other stolen bikes. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Eric & Christine Bike recovered 2016.10.17

Bike was found with Bike Index assistance translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Phillip Bike recovered 2016.10.16

I was at CicLAvia, Los Angeles’ quarterly bike festival, and I saw the thief riding my bike. I followed him and flagged down police and they arrested him. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Geoffrey Bike recovered 2016.10.16