Last year, I purchased a copy of Bob Mionske book, "Bicycling & The Law" and really enjoy his insight and practical approach to the law from a cyclists perspective. Have you ever wondered what to do if your bike is stolen besides hunting the character down? Here is what Bob recommends...
"Recovering your own stolen bike is legal—but be careful
By Bob Mionske
It was a classic sting operation—and when it was posted on YouTube, Jake Gillum’s bike-recovery video went viral. The cyclist from Portland, Oregon, had spotted his stolen bike in a Craigslist ad. He arranged a meeting with the seller, then drove to the agreed-upon location with some friends and a video camera. After calling the police, he met the seller and started to talk bikes. But the officers didn’t show, and after stalling as long as he could, Gillum accused the seller of stealing his bike. The man fled, and Gillum followed, recording the chase. When police finally got there, they arrested the suspected felon.
For any cyclist who has ever had a bike stolen, it doesn’t get much better than that moment of triumph. But consider this advice before taking justice into your own hands."
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