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“So, word to the wise, from one cyclist to another: don’t leave your bike outside overnight no matter which neighborhood you’re in”

by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm 51 Comments

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Photo by PoPville flickr user AWard Tour

“Dear PoPville,

Stolen bike: recovered. Stolen again.

I bought an older model grey Schwinn Moab secondhand about 2 years ago.

It was stolen from the corner of Euclid & Ontario NW in September.

The next day I recovered it at 14/T NW across from Saint-Ex.

A guy had it chained to a stop sign & I confronted him about it (probably not the best idea). Anyway, he willingly handed it over after I threatened to call the cops.

Between 12pm Oct. 15th and 12pm Oct. 16th it was stolen again. This time from the corner of 15/N NW.

Of course, by this point I realize it’s my own dumb fault for having faith in humanity I could leave a bike outside overnight.

However, I wanted to relay my experience with the MPD.

Shortly after it happened I was able to flag down an officer and ask him how to report a stolen bike.

(The bike probably isn’t worth much, but I use it everyday to commute.)

The officer informed me I could go to the nearest police station (in this case, 14/U) and file a report.

But “without a serial number, it [the report] is just gonna get thrown in the trash.”

So, word to the wise, from one cyclist to another: don’t leave your bike outside overnight no matter which neighborhood you’re in.

And write down your bike’s serial number if you (theoretically) want the MPD to take your case seriously.

Best of luck,
Your Adams Morgan neighbor”

Update – of course the bike was locked.

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