City Bikes Employees Help Recover Bicycle Stolen at Gun Point

Edin the customer and John the store manager courtesy City Bikes

From an email:

“The managers of City Bikes in Adams Morgan helped to recover a loyal customer’s bike that was taken from him at gun point on Sunday night. He had brought it in for service on Sunday afternoon but elected to wait to get it performed until later in the week, letting us know it was stolen on Monday.

Our store manager recognized the stolen bike this afternoon when a man brought it in to fix the same problem from Sunday and promptly contacted the customer who had informed us of the theft, along with the police. Our general manager, yours truly not in uniform, followed a block behind the man in possession of the bike when he left the shop after being unable to avoid the necessary repair.

When the cops showed at the shop, they were directed to the Starbucks at 18th and Adams Mill, where the man was hanging out with some friends.

About an hour later a detective came to interview the store manager about the damage to the bike, and was able to identify the original owner because the bike came in twice for the same mechanical issue.

Another hour later, our loyal customers returned to the shop with the bike covered in finger print dust, telling us that he had identified the man in possession of the bike as the same one who had held him up at gun point! He was so excited to have it back that he’s going to get the repair after all.

Saul Leiken
City Bikes Inc.
General Manager”

18 Comment

  • #Awesomeness

  • City Bikes is a great shop! I always am impressed with their customer service when I go in. Not that impressed that MPD couldn’t get it’s sh*t together quick enough to go after a suspect who used a gun in the commission of a crime. I get it when cops can’t just drop everything when people use “Find My Phone” to track down the person who stole their phone, but I’d hope for a little more urgency when guns are involved.

  • Another LAWLESS biker released back to the streets to SALMON WHEREVER HE PLEASES.

    Seriously though, great work by the store employee.

  • That is so totally freakin awesome! Karma is a bitch. That guy deserves everything he gets!

  • This is MOST excellent.

  • This is a great story. Kudos to the manager at City Bikes.

  • That actually takes some balls to help out like that, especially since there was a gun involved. To be honest, if I were in the same position, I probably would have been a bit concerned about retaliation by the friends. Big ups to City Bikes!

  • Does anyone know if homeowners insurance covers bike theft if your bike is stolen from the condo’s communal bike room?

    • Yes, it does. Progressive gave me replacement cost for my 2010 Stumpjumper that was stolen from our bike cage.

    • It covers stuff even if you’re not home like a theft from Starbucks, so yea, it should.

    • The above are correct. I didn’t file a claim when an old bike was stolen because it was worth much less than what my deductible was but I would have for a pricier bike.

    • Renters/home owner insurance will even cover things stolen from your car parked across the country. So yes. Also another reason why everyone should at least have renters insurance.

  • This is awesome. I take my own bike to City Bikes for service. This makes me love them even more!

  • Beyond the cool story, I find it amazing that the same kind of guy who robs people at gunpoint also enjoys some quality time with his friends at Starbucks. Would not have expected that.

  • I don’t know how crimes like this are charged but I hope that the suspect is charged for robbing someone at gunpoint rather than simple bike theft. Savagery…

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