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Stolen bike saga ends sadly

Posted by on October 11th, 2005 at 9:16 am

Local bike advocate, volunteer and BTA employee Sara Stout has been on quite a roller coaster the last few days. Here’s how her stolen bike story unfolded:

  • Her bike and gear were stolen from her home while she was sleeping only 30ft away!
  • Sara mourns loss of bike: “Many thousands of miles we have traveled together.”
  • Relief effort to get gear and bike donated (Sara has no other transportation) swings into action.
  • Thief throws Sara’s bike and all her gear into the backyard of Brian in Irvington!
  • He posts a “found bike” notice on Craigslist.
  • I post the bike on my Stolen Bike Listings.
  • Someone sees the “found bike” post and realizes it is the same bike they saw in my listing.
  • Emails are exchanged.
  • Brian posts a comment to the stolen bike listing with a phone number for Sara to call. He has her bike!
  • I email Sara with the number.
  • Sara calls Brian…he has found her bike and all of her gear! Rejoice!
  • Sara makes plans to pick up the bike.
  • Brian puts bike in his garage.
  • Bike is re-stolen out of his garage!
  • Brian is bummed.
  • Sara is bummed.
  • Thieves are happy.

I guess the happy ending is that Sara has cobbled together another bike and some gear to keep her rolling. Lock up your bikes folks! It seems like bike thieves are getting more and more brazen every day.

And please spread the word about the Stolen Bike Listings. This is already the second time (here’s the first) my listings have been part of a recovery. And remember to check the listings before buying a used bike.

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  • Seth October 12, 2005 at 4:07 pm

    Man! That is a bummer of a story. I would die if my bike was stolen.

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  • juan October 14, 2005 at 10:46 pm

    just a thought- what if there was a self-serve database for bike serial numbers crossed with make/model info. Would that help cut down on the resale of these bikes? At least there would be some way for the casual buyer to check up on a used bike sale…thinking about the recent acount of a local guy who had his DiSalvo stolen, repainted…is that the common mo? repaint? could still check the serial…

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  • Jonathan Maus October 18, 2005 at 10:55 pm


    That is a good idea. I’m not the tech guy around here so I wouldn’t know how to implement it. I agree that we should keep track of serial numbers. I’m not sure if most bikes get repainted. My sense is that the thieves are usually just doing it impulsively and that they turn around and sell the bikes as quick as possible.

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  • […] While I’m on the topic, the Oregonian covers the Sara Stout Stolen Bike Saga in the paper today. Astute readers will remember my coverage on this back in October. […]

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