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by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2016 at 9:45 am 57 Comments


Yesterday morning a reader reported:

“Someone rode off on our surrey bike today. It was parked on 6th street so my cameras didn’t catch them going down Marion. I don’t think they will get very far. Please help us look out for it. It’s very (VERY) conspicuous.”

Around 3:30pm that day C.Jønez tweeted us:

“is this it?? Spotted just now passing Shaws Tavern on U st being ridden by 4 younger looking people.”

I emailed OP who sent the photo above: “we got it back thanks to your tweet!”

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm 54 Comments

New bike 2009

“Dear PoPville,

I was in the middle of moving from Columbia heights to Shaw and my bike got stolen out of my car at my house in the 900 block of Monroe St, NW. It’s a 47 cm black and yellow Felt road bike. It’s not expensive but I love love love that bike.”

Email [email protected] or call 951-288-2396 if you spot it!

bike obit

“Dear PoPville,

My beloved ride was stolen off my porch in between 5th and Randolph St, NW just yesterday. It’s not a sweet ride like the giant orange commuter bike stolen a month ago, nor is it a high end speedster. It was my little white ghost that i bought off ebay and lovingly added the best that I could afford over time.

I wrote an obit just to find closure incase it’s not recovered:

So long good friend. Right now I’m averaging a stolen bike 1 per 2.8 years. I remember when I first bought you off ebay and I’ve been slowly hooking you up with the new brakes, derailleurs, rims, tires and the like. You became my own. Now, you’re probably chopped up or being sold to support a drug habit. Nothing will replace the good times we had. The night rides, the all day trips with my wife. The getaways around town. Even the days out back fixing you up.. when really, I just needed to get out the house lol. So long good friend.”

Email [email protected] or call 202-293-0293 if you spot it!

by Prince Of Petworth October 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm 37 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

Several times I’ve seen a guy riding my stolen bike

“Several times I’ve seen a guy riding my stolen bike in the past month. The bike was stolen over a year ago outside of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. I didn’t have the bike registered so I never reported it stolen. It is a specialty bike that is fairly unique. I am most certain it’s mine. Any recommendations on what I should say to the guy if I encounter him? I am aware that he could have bought it from the bike thief, but he himself could also be the bike thief. Helpful advice is appreciated. Snark is not. Thanks.”

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by Prince Of Petworth February 10, 2015 at 10:35 am 27 Comments

tiny red bike

You may recognize his username from all his great photos seen illustrating tons of PoPville posts. Now we can associate his name with another great thing. An avid cyclist and Columbia Heights resident, Mr T in DC aka Anthony Nigrelli spotted a readers beloved stolen bike that we posted about yesterday afternoon. Last night he spotted it by the Columbia Heights metro and secured his own lock on the bike after positively identifying it. He then emailed the OP and she has it back with her faith restored in humanity. Well done Mr. T – good looking out!

by Prince Of Petworth February 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm 22 Comments

tiny red bike

“Dear PoPville,

My absolutely adorable and beloved bike – which is worth almost no money and is useless to anyone over about 4’10” – was stolen right out of my apartment in Columbia Heights recently. It is a tiny red antique Raleigh one-speed with a bright white seat. It dates from around the early 60s and is very distinctive-looking.

I am heartbroken to lose it – it was truly my most beloved possession, and it’s completely irreplaceable! And it is so frustrating, because the thief almost certainly can’t use it and won’t make significant money from it. It’s also super creepy that someone came into my apartment to grab it.

If you see it anywhere, pretty please contact me at rkukla(at)gmail.com, and ideally slap a lock on it.”

Ed. Note: Be sure to check to see what MPD has recovered as well if you’ve had a bike (or phone/tablet) stolen.

by Prince Of Petworth October 6, 2014 at 9:15 am 8 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“1) On today’s date [Saturday], at approx. 17:08 hours, and adult male was observed by members of 3-D VICE staling an unattended bicycle from the 1000 block of U Street, NW. VICE stopped, arrested and charged the Defendant with “Theft-1.”

2) On today’s date [Saturday], at approximately 21:00 hours, 3-D VICE Sgt. Arthur Gregory intervened on a “Theft-1 Stolen Bike” in progress. Another adult male defendant was attempted to break a bicycle from a bike lock when Sgt. Gregory interrupted him. The Defendant attempted to flee on foot while armed with a crow-bar pipe, but after a brief foot pursuit, Sgt. Gregory apprehended the defendant without incident. The defendant was arrested and charged with “Theft-1 Bike”. Recovered was the crow-bar/pipe, the stolen bike and a damaged Kryptonite bike lock.

Prevention Tip of the Day: Never leave you Bicycle unattended, even for a second. This is all it take for an assailant to made away with your property. Always lock your bicycle when leaving it unattended. The best locking mechanism to prevent a bike theft is a heavy gauge U lock, although any lock is better than none.”

by Prince Of Petworth August 25, 2014 at 9:15 am 8 Comments


On Friday we learned “My grandma gave me this bike last year, after keeping it for more than 3 decades”. A number of readers found the bike listed on Craigslist. The owner updates us over the weekend:

“Hi all! Bike has been retrieved and worth the $50 to get it back. Thanks to Paul who found it on Craigslist and for everyone who helped get this resolved!”

Ed. Note: In a perfect world the crooks would be arrested and/or at least the OP woulda got her bike back without paying. Having said that given the sentimentality – though an injustice occurred – I’m very happy OP got her bike back. If I had an object of similar sentimental value, I would do the same thing.

by Prince Of Petworth August 22, 2014 at 9:15 am 6 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user yostinator

From MPD last night:

“Good evening, recently MPD members were in the vicinity of the 3000 block of 14th when they observed a subject steal a bicycle by using bolt cutters. MPD units quickly apprehended the subject without incident and recovered the bicycle. As a reminder, making your bicycle hard to steal and registering your bicycle with the MPD can help prevent this crime. Also, please report all bicycle thefts so that the MPD can keep abreast of theft patterns. Thank you.”

by Prince Of Petworth August 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm 46 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to return a potentially stolen Specialized ‘Hard Rock’ to its owner. It’s black with Hard Rock written in silver and red, Scott hand bars, wiring for an odometer and an axle hitch mount.

Here’s the story. This last Monday around 6:00 PM, I was approached outside the Columbia Heights Metro by someone asking if I’d like to buy a bike. It was a nice bike, and the owner was asking $40, and the dropped to $30 quickly. No evidence, but seemed likely it was stolen. Knowing the police don’t have capacity to respond to a call of a ‘potentially stolen bike being sold’, I opted to buy it and try to find the original owner.

I’ve posted on craigslist and had the serial number searched in the stolen bike police database, but with no luck. So here’s my last shot. If you are the owner, please contact joshtulkin(at)gmail.com”


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