“found very nice bicycle on my porch Sat. morning”

by Prince Of Petworth September 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm 14 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

We woke on Saturday morning to find a very nice Bianchi bicycle left on our front porch in capitol hill. It was neither ours nor our neighbors, and best we can guess is that it was stolen and dropped off when the thief did not want it anymore. That, or left by someone at our house by mistake in the middle of the night??

Either way, I tried to do the right thing and reported it to the police. The officer who came to take the report took the bicycle to the M Street SE precinct. He did say, though, that if the owner did not call that particular precinct looking for the bike, he/she would probably never find it because there is no database of bikes that the police have or find. So, if anyone knows of someone looking for a missing Bianchi bicycle, please check with the M St. SE police station.

Ed. Note: Not a comprehensive database but MPD posts some found/stolen bike photos from MPD’s Evidence Control Division that need to be claimed in 90 days before considered “abandoned”. You can see the current group of bikes being held here.

  • topscallop

    Was there a pizza on it?

  • DC Biker

    You can try posting a notice to the DC Lost / Stolen bicycle group on Facebook:

  • Anon

    I also reposted this in the Women and Bicycles group on facebook in case anyone knows who might be missing this beautiful bike. Thank you for doing the right thing and trying to return her to her owner!

  • jch

    Was there any sort of bike shop information on it? Often times, if you find some bike shop info on it, they might be able to match serial number up with the person that purchased it.

  • well

    The 1st District MPD headquarters is on M St. Southwest–just wanted to point that out in case the bike owner is reading this. OP, nice of you to try and find the owner!

  • west_egg

    “there is no database of bikes that the police have or find” — ugh DC you’re killing me here.

    • textdoc

      +1. Facepalm. :(

      • Paige L

        That police officer is lying. There is an online database for recovered bikes, which is managed by DC Police! You can find photos of all kinds of recovered property here: http://mpdc.dc.gov/service/view-photos-recovered-property and specifically bikes here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mpd_evidencecontroldivision/sets/

        • Anonymous

          Just because someone tells you something that is incorrect doesn’t mean that they’re lying. I’d love to see your reaction if a cop accused you of lying.

          • textdoc

            +1 to the first sentence (being incorrect ≠ lying), but yikes on sentence #2 — how is that relevant?

          • Anonymous

            textdoc, you never learned the golden rule? “Do unto others etc.”? Or are we just assuming that cops don’t deserve the same basic respect that non-cops do? I don’t think it’s OK for Paige to accuse a cop of lying unless she is totally comfortable with the same occurring in reverse.

  • Collin

    So, give this a shot. At the end of the handle bars there are those silver caps. They are just plastic and can easily be removed. Myself and some other cyclists roll up a note or their business card and put it in there should their bike be stolen, found, and need to be identified as being yours. It is a slim chance, but why not check each handle bar end for the heck of it.

  • Theo

    Seriously, how does MPD not just register the serial number and check it to any of the national databases. They can check it to either bikeindex.org, nationalbikeregistry.com (which they recommend on their site). MPD officers are great, but the entire MPD system is to blame for having just terrible management. This is another example of the lack of coordination and organization that Chief Lanier noted when she left. The MPD just throws up their hands at crime they don’t want to spend the time and money to help fix and prevent. How is it that a major city like DC can have such an inept police force. San Francisco has an entire Bicycle Theft and Prevention task force (@SFPDBikeTheft on twitter). They have a team of officers who use bait bikes to catch thieves and discourage theft, and help return bikes with a central registry. In DC we get this. Typical.

  • A

    There’s a national bike registry. http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/


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