Recovery Stories

Someone found it. They were able to get the paint off to read the serial number. Ran the serial number on Bike Index and were able to call me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jay Bike recovered 2020.10.7

Bike found by 'The Bike Shop' near their store. An employee saw my post on the 'Stolen Bike in Calgary' Facebook group and provided me with the serial number. I filed a police report and updated Bike Index. The Bike Index checklist really kept me on track through the process. Thanks! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jordan Bike recovered 2020.10.7

Two years later the bike popped up on a for sale page when it was flagged by Bryan of Bike Index. A buyer named Mike found out the bike was stolen and reported it, and was very gracious in helping get the bike returned to me. Thank you to the Bike Index team for all the diligent work! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Danny Bike recovered 2020.10.7

Someone texted me after seeing my bike on Bike Index and made arrangements to return it to me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Melanie Bike recovered 2020.10.6

The bike was recovered today by two Calgary Transit peace officers in downtown Calgary. I had two bikes stolen and recovered in 5 weeks. You are amazing, Bike Index! Thank you! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Reka Bike recovered 2020.10.3

Someone was offered the bike by a Craigslist seller, and contacted me after seeing it on Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brad Bike recovered 2020.10.2

Bike Index was key to police being able to recover this bike from a pawn shop. Inputting the serial was very very important. Thank you for this tool. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brian Bike recovered 2020.10.2

A police officer saw the bike, ran the serial number on Bike Index, and found it marked as stolen. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sage Bike recovered 2020.10.2

EPS recovered it. They checked out the bike and discovered it stolen. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Derek Bike recovered 2020.10.2

The thief took it to a bike shop to fix a brake cable. The shop thought something was off and looked up the serial number on Bike Index which of course had it flagged stolen. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2020.9.30

Calgary Police Service returned my bike after looking it up on Bike Index - thank you!!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Helen Bike recovered 2020.9.30

My bike got stolen yesterday and changed hands 2X but Calgary Transit Peace officers saw the notice about my bike. If it weren’t for Bike Index I would never have gotten my bike back and definitely not as quick as I did. Thank you Bike Index and thank you City of Calgary Transit Peace officers. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jennifer Bike recovered 2020.9.30

The police found it based on the Bike Index stolen report! Crazy. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Vletallec Bike recovered 2020.9.28

The individual who bought it from the thief found out it was stolen when they went to register it - we assume because they looked it up here! They contacted the police and the police brought it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bekki Bike recovered 2020.9.27

EPS used Bike Index and got it back to me the next day! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Duncan Bike recovered 2020.9.27

Someone bought it on Kijiji then googled it when they got home and the Bike Index listing popped up. He contacted me and was the nicest person ever. He gave it back no problem. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erin Bike recovered 2020.9.26

Spotted the ad on OfferUp with help from a Bike Index user. The local PD came with me to meet the seller. I told them it was my bike, offered proof, found that he had sold it to someone else, contacted that buyer, and then finally gave them the money they paid for my bike to get it back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Alex Bike recovered 2020.9.25

The person who purchased it for $40 on Facebook Marketplace checked Bike Index and contacted me. 😊 translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Rachel Bike recovered 2020.9.25

Someone from the neighborhood found it abandoned on a nearby trail nearly a month after it was stolen. They checked the serial number on Bike Index and reached out to return it! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lei Bike recovered 2020.9.24

Good Samaritan bought it on Craigslist and realized it was stolen. Looked the bike up on Bike Index, confirmed it was stolen, and then contacted me to arrange for me to pick it up. Such a great guy! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Samantha Bike recovered 2020.9.23

Edmonton Transit Services found it abandoned, searched Bike Index, and here we are! I got my bike back one week from when it was stolen and I'm completely floored! A huge thanks to Brett with Bike Index for calling me, and arranging for me to pick it up. I'm over the moon!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrew Bike recovered 2020.9.22

My bike was sold within probably 12 hours of it being stolen. The guy who bought it did initially check Bike Index but it must've been before I marked the bike as stolen. However, having misgivings, he checked again the next day and realized it was my bike and contacted me to get the bike back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Denis Bike recovered 2020.9.22

I was contacted by a building manager that saw my bike locked up on his building's bike rack. He looked up my serial number and contacted me. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Andrew Bike recovered 2020.9.21

The thief was caught for having stolen property from a neighboring house on the same night my bike went missing. I contacted the police involved in the neighbor's case and learned they had my bike. I would not have learned about this had I not posted my Bike Index report on Facebook. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike George Bike recovered 2020.9.20

The wonderful people at Bike Index somehow reached the right person at the right time and he noticed my bike on a rack, called me, and I came to pick it up!!! THANK YOU so very much!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Deborah Bike recovered 2020.9.20

Someone saw the bike discarded in a bush. They checked Bike Index to see it was stolen and returned it to the bike shop where it was bought because there was a shop sticker on the bike. The bike shop contacted me to pick up. Although it does need some work I am so thankful to have the bike back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Derrick Bike recovered 2020.9.20

I got a call from the Edmonton Police and they found my bike in Downtown Edmonton. They brought it to their HQ and asked for someone I knew to come get it. A family member picked it up, and we shipped it back to Newfoundland via Red Bike! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bradley Bike recovered 2020.9.18

Calgary police recovered this bicycle! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Chris Bike recovered 2020.9.17

I received a Bike index email. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Lexy Bike recovered 2020.9.17

Police recovered the bike thanks to Bike Index and serial number. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Colleen Bike recovered 2020.9.16

A good samaritan who heard of the theft from Bike Index alerted us that the bike was listed on OfferUp. The buyer checked on Bike Index after purchasing and contacted us, offering the bike back. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Robin Bike recovered 2020.9.15

A neighbor searched on Bike Index and found the serial number, and called me. Thank you Bike Index! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Paul Bike recovered 2020.9.14

Trips For Kids Marin County was selling it on eBay and someone who was bidding on the bike had seen it on Bike Index and contacted me about it. More on Instagram. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Juan Bike recovered 2020.9.14

Somebody in the Seattle stolen bike facebook group saw the bike, found it on Bike Index, contacted me, and helped with the recovery. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Morris Bike recovered 2020.9.13

A Calgary peace officer located this children's bike in the possession of an adult, checked the serial number, and matched it to my Bike index listing. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Peter Bike recovered 2020.9.11

A very thoughtful person checked the registry before making a purchase on Ebay - and alerted me he'd found the person trying to resell my bike. He helped me arrange a purchase and we got the cops involved. We recovered it. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Erin Bike recovered 2020.9.11

The Leduc RCMP searched Bike Index and called me 20 min after I reported it stolen on here. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Ryan Bike recovered 2020.9.10

Someone reached out on Bike Index me letting me know that they purchased my bike. They let me know that they had it and arranged a date to return it to me. I can't thank them enough for their kindness and honesty. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryan Bike recovered 2020.9.10

Someone saw an ad to sell this and 4 other bikes on Craigslist and reported it to Bike Index. Bike Index alerted me and I was able to get the police involved to recover all 4 bikes. THANK YOU BIKE INDEX!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kevin Bike recovered 2020.9.10

Someone found it on Craigslist and alerted Bike Index. I was then able to get the police involved to recover this bike and 4 others that were stolen at the same time! THANK YOU BIKE INDEX!!!! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Kevin Bike recovered 2020.9.10

I noticed 3 listings for my bike on Bike Index... so EPS was able to track it down! Thank you Bike Index & EPS! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Sheena Bike recovered 2020.9.9

A security guard looked it up on Bike Index and contacted Calgary Police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Brian Bike recovered 2020.9.9

People saw it on Bike Index! First, one person found it here and on Facebook marketplace, then another found it both in those places and in front of his office at Hope House... He had it in his office a half hour later for me to pick up :) translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Abby Bike recovered 2020.9.9

Someone bought the bicycle for cash. Then, they located the serial number on this site and contacted the police. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike BK Bike recovered 2020.9.9

Through Bike Index! Rad Power was notified by UW Surplus that the bike had been recovered by UWPD and was waiting to be picked up; I stopped by today and have it once again. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Christian Bike recovered 2020.9.8

Good samaritan called in an abandoned bike in an alley in Cranston and called CPS. They identified the bike as mine and returned it. Police said that me having a good description and the SN was essential in recovering the bike. Thanks to everyone for helping me get my baby back! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike John Bike recovered 2020.9.8

Another win for Bike Index! An anonymous user witnessed my bike going in and out of a property near their residence. I called the police and received the call they had retrieved my bike a few minutes later! I don't believe this would have been possible without the help of Bike Index. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Bryce Bike recovered 2020.9.7

I was first alerted through Bike Index. After a week of some messaging with the guy selling it on OfferUp we set up a time to meet. Brought a friend and a printout of my original receipt with the serial number. Told the guy, showed him my copy of the receipt, and without question, he gave it up. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jenny Bike recovered 2020.9.6

The thief deserted the bike behind my neighbour’s garage. My neighbour has been looking for the owner on the internet. They finally saw the post and returned the bike. Many thanks! translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Jian Bike recovered 2020.9.4

Edmonton Police Service recovered the bike at a pawn shop. translated from English

Photo of recovered bike Edmond Bike recovered 2020.9.3