Guy Tracks Bike Thief Via Craigslist, Sets Up Sting [VIDEO]

    August 15, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Well, that’s one way to get your stolen property back.

When Simon Jackson’s (alias) bike was stolen from his home in Portland, Oregon, he began searching the internet for it. When he eventually found it listed on Craigslist 160 miles away in Seattle, Washington, he decided to head up there and confront the thief face-to-face.

Mr. Jackson credits the success of the sting, in part, on the new Burner app for iOS. Burner allows users to create multiple virtual “burner” phones, so that they don’t have to use their real phone numbers when making calls. It’s like The Wire, but with a lot less trips to the corner store and a lot less waste. By unsing Burner, he was able to feign the correct area code for someone in the area of the thief.

“We called the cops just before Simon started talking with the thief. It took Seattle PD 45 minutes to get there. Simon decided to confront him when they neglected to show up. Once he did, however, they rolled up as you can see in the video,” they say.

The “thief” claims that he simply bought the bike on Craigslist, even though he knew it was stolen. The sting team feels otherwise, claiming to have tracked his residence to a few blocks away from the theft.

Check it out below (NSFW language):

[via reddit]

  • Hal

    A cyclist from NC salutes you for your courage,tenacity,and your friends who had your back on this one.So glad you got your bike back,it’s a pretty day here in the old north state,think I’ll go ride mine.Way to go,man,you’re a hero to every brokenhearted little boy or girl that suffered a stolen bike.People who steal whatever is laying loose are often drug addicts,perhaps the thief can get help from this also.You’re right,it’s a good day,good work,can’t say enough.

  • kevin

    i had my 2000$ specialized stolen from inside my house last year and my wife’s camera ($800) . almost zero help from the cops, but it’s nice to hear that you were able to find yours !
    i did check on craigslist and ebay for about 6 months before i just gave up..bummer.

  • Dave

    If more people stepped up to the plate like you did… there would be a LOT fewer property thefts occurring!

    Good on you and I’m so glad you got your ride back!

    One for the good guys. Yes!