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(or, anybody have a Giant stolen)?

Disclaimer: this is in no way intended to be an elitist posting. I am sensentative to the homeless, and when I can, give panhandlers money if I feel that are not trying to scam me.

That said, we have a few in our neighborhood. In the last 2 weeks, there is a couple who from the looks and actions of them, are either homeless, or "tweekers." I've seen both in the neighborhood riding a very, very nice brand new Giant mt bike (FS, disc, the whole works).

I'm tempted to cofront them (or I shoudl say, just see if I can get any info on the bike, appearling to my hobby [that being, biking]). What would you do?
 

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Give it a go..............

Somewhere there is probably a real mountain biker who would like to have his Giant back.

See if you can strike up a conversation with them, and offer to buy the bike. See if you can get a look at the serial number.
 

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Call the police non emergency #, they can run the serial number to check if it is stolen.
I wouldn't make any unnecessary contact with the suspected thief's

Good luck!
 

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Buy it for $99 or less

The current "owner(s)" can't have any idea what it is worth, could not have gotten it through legitimate means, given their situation, and would probably prefer the cash. If they are homeless, the police probably don't want to bother locking them up for theft anyway, so reporting it to the cops probably won't get the bike returned to its owner.

Then you can notify the police, and/or the mtb network, offering to return it to the rightful owner for a $99 fee if they can ID the bike. If no one steps up, you've got a nice deal on the ride.
 

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This wouldnt be an older white well fed couple, would it? Just wondering where they went to...I have seen them everyday on the canal bank since I moved here this past yr., and and recently they have disappeared. Usually they are near Trail 100/Aunt Chiladas/Glendale and 16th street.

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skinny-tire said:
(or, anybody have a Giant stolen)?

Disclaimer: this is in no way intended to be an elitist posting. I am sensentative to the homeless, and when I can, give panhandlers money if I feel that are not trying to scam me.

That said, we have a few in our neighborhood. In the last 2 weeks, there is a couple who from the looks and actions of them, are either homeless, or "tweekers." I've seen both in the neighborhood riding a very, very nice brand new Giant mt bike (FS, disc, the whole works).

I'm tempted to cofront them (or I shoudl say, just see if I can get any info on the bike, appearling to my hobby [that being, biking]). What would you do?
 

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One thing, if its in the national bicycle registry, this may be a good idea. Good chance because Giant pays for the NBR for new owners for the first 6 months, but if the bike is not in this (usually there is a sticker on it when it is), trying to return it to the original owner may be a lost cause...or very difficult and a long process at best...It may be more intensive than you are thinking at this point...
 

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I've seen that a few times - a raggady guy riding a really nice bike and my thought has always been to ask them where they got such a great bike. I think the trying to buy it idea is a good one. Course you'll be at the mercy of the owners if you find them - otherwise you got a spiffy new bike....
 

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Nope. I'd say in their 30s-40s, and kind of skinny. She has a nicer bike too. This is like I-17 and Tbird.
 
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