My stolen bike is on Gumtree for sale!

Discussion in 'Stolen Bikes' started by midliferider, 27 Dec 2017.

  1. midliferider

    midliferider Veteran

    Location:
    Northampton
    My bike was stolen few months ago. Today I found it advertised on Gumtree. I am absolutely certain that it is my bike as it has very distinct features from my attempts at repairing it.
    What should I do?
    Call the Police?
    Contact Gumtree?
     
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Have someone contact the seller for you, and ask about it.
     
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  3. OP
    OP
    midliferider

    midliferider Veteran

    Location:
    Northampton
    I send a message to ask about frame size.
     
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  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Let me know the advert and i will contact the seller and ask a few questions . if you have proof and positive then contact the police and watch nothing happen
     
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  5. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Id be tempted to go and view it with a heavy lock in my bag !
     
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  6. OP
    OP
    midliferider

    midliferider Veteran

    Location:
    Northampton
    I just send it.
     
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  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Central Trumpland
    Call the Feds would be the correct answer, but it'll likely be sold before any meaningful response occurs.

    I'd go see it with a large associate or two, and then if its yours I'd call the police while bike and seller are both still present

    PS, do you have a link to the ad? PM me with it if you'd rather.
     
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  8. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    got it
     
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  9. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Ditto this. Unfortunately if it was local to me West Yorks Police wouldn't be bothered helping.

    Go get it back ...
     
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  10. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

    Location:
    Essex
    My Brompton was nicked in Bow, East London where I reported it straight away. It popped up on Gumtree in Cambridge about a month later and The Met actually went and felt the collar of the aunt/fence of the scrote who nicked it and retrieved it. I had to go and reclaim it, with nothing but a couple of photos and a description of a scratch on the BB shell as proof of ownership. Oddly, the station I had to go collect it from was on Buckingham Palace Road, completely the other side of London - couldn't fault the service though :smile:
     
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  11. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    They deserve a pat on the back for sure
     
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  12. OP
    OP
    midliferider

    midliferider Veteran

    Location:
    Northampton
    I called the police this morning. Standard advice.
    Never try to get it from the seller or go and meet the seller.
    They will get back to me later.
     
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  13. Do bear in mind that the person selling it may well have bought it off Gumtree himself and has no idea it is stolen.

    If I can help. I am in Denmark and the seller is not likely to suspect that I have any connection to the bike. I can always suggest I get a "Friend" to call round and view the bike for me.
     
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  14. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    Can you not do what that lady did a while back. Ask for a test ride and just ride your bike away?
     
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  15. But then you can be accused of stealing your own bike

    I could live with that.
     
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