OT - Bike Recovered

John Francis johnf at panix.com
Mon Jul 12 14:45:01 EDT 2010


On Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:36:03PM +1200, David Mann wrote:
> On Jul 12, 2010, at 1:28 AM, Adam Maas wrote:
> 
> > It can occasionally be a big crime, there was a bike theft case here
> > in Toronto that made international news. Of course it's not everyday
> > the cops catch a guy with a few thousand stolen bikes.
> 
> There was a case here a year or two ago where one of our national track-racing champions had her custom-built bike stolen.
> 
> The publicity and the highly specialised nature of the bike made it impossible, and probably dangerous, to try and sell.  Whoever had taken it dumped it behind a bike shop and it was returned to its rightful owner.

Much the same happened here in the Tour of California.

Lance Armstrong's time trial bike was stolen out of the team van
while it was parked in the hotel parking lot.

After it was pointed out (on television, radio, etc., etc.) that
the bike was unique - hardly a single part of it was a commercially
available piece - and that it would be impossible for any purchaser
to let anybody else see it, and furthermore that no questions would
be asked if the bike were returned promptly, the police received a
phone call telling them where the bike could be picked up.





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