Photo by PoPville flickr user Christopher Schmidt
Boiling point reached in Brookland (from their listserv):
“Not sure when, but sometime in the last few days we had another bicycle stolen from our shed. It’s a light green Jamis Aurora, men’s style, even though it’s mine.
Yes the shed was locked. Yes one bike was locked up within the shed, and that one is still there. Yes we have insurance that will cover PART of the cost of replacement. Yes we installed cameras. My husband is reviewing the tape today to see if there’s anything useful.
We’ll probably start keeping bikes inside- something we’ve been loathe to do because WHY SHOULD WE- we have a locked shed outside, and a curious, accident prone toddler inside. We’ll look into a taller fence. I’ll wrap my bike up in razor wire and unlock it every day wearing oven mitts because you know, that’s apparently a reasonable expectation around here. Fine.
However, we are sick and tired of criminals coming onto our property and stealing bicycles that are a huge part of our lives. We have now lost both bicycles that we rode 400 miles together on our honeymoon. The bicycle I rode everyday till 35 weeks pregnant. The bicycle my husband took apart, took on an airplane to Europe, put back together and rode to every beach in the Normandy invasion.
I’m pretty laid back but my patience for this s*** is gone. This person (or people) targeting our home is someone who- while perhaps not a resident in the neighborhood- knows it well and is around frequently. As such, there’s a good chance someone knows something, or has seen something.
We’re offering a $1000 reward to anyone with information leading to the recovery of our property and/or the dissolution of this operation.”