The weather is getting warmer, so unfortunately, even with the huge Igor Kenk bust last year, we’re going to see more bike stealing on the streets of Toronto.
BikingToronto has dedicated an entire section of the Forum to Stolen Bikes – with one thread reserved exclusively for listing stolen bikes, in the hopes that visitors may recognize one on the street and help re-unite the bike with the owner.
For some good news to end of this post, I’ll leave you with the story of Darryl the Chopper Bike… a Stolen Bike story with a happy ending!
My bike is RIGHT here, back at home. Am never leaving it where I cant see it again!
How did I get my bike back?? As soon as my bike went missing I posted Craigslist and emailed EVERYONE, who posted it EVERYWHERE, (THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH) because who would be dumb enough to steal a zebra covered art chopper bike???
There are a lot more details Im leaving out, sleuthing, photos, asking all the neighbors, calling 14th div, for advice, but long story short, with the help of some good friends he’s back.
I then got an anonymous email from my LOST AND FOUND posting on Craigslist, telling me vaguely where my bike was. Then I got another, with more information- that it was in a bar, and was used against a bar tab!!
Apparently the idiot who stole it took it for a joyride then to a bar and left it as collateral. He tried to rip off the fur and the stickers and couldn’t, or maybe he realized it was too original, so he ditched it. Lucky for me!!!
When I called the bar this morning as soon as it opened the kind lady there knew right away what I was talking about. I raced down (I have never run so fast) to a sketchy bar on Bloor street and there he was. Darryl!!! I gave her flowers as a thank you and everyone told me how much they loved my bike and how they wondered who owned it. They were so kind.
Later when I thought about it, the reason they still had it and were trolling on Craigslist is that they probably thought that they could sell it, but seeing it all over the net (thank you all!), they probably realized that this bike was not only hot, it was HOTTT! I didn’t even think to ask them about the thief.
Crying with joy, I inspected him quickly and rode Darryl home like a bat out of hell. His fur was torn a bit and they had tried to remove the stickers, but hes really no worse for wear.
THANK YOU EVERYBODY. Thank you stranger who emailed me, whatever your intentions. Thank you universe!!! Darryl’s home.
Now we just have to find the bike thief and nail him!!
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