Today a guy called and said he found my bike in an alley near CETMA headquarters where it was stolen four days ago. He saw my flyers in the neighborhood.
The bike is in perfect condition, aside from the Abus frame lock which the thief obviously tried to pry off, unsuccessfully, haha. The Stokemonkey electric assist motor, computer, and battery are still there, and the lights, too. The leather saddle is even still attached, which any knucklehead thief would think to grab. It's a real mystery!
Ironically, the only things the thief removed from the bike were a few business cards, a 10mm wrench, and an allen wrench multi-tool I carried in a tool pouch. So, even though he had the tools to remove almost every component, he abandoned the bike without even taking the expensive leather saddle.
The guy who called me adamantly refused my $500 reward. I insisted three times and he refused three times, so I'm fairly sure he ain't the thief. Anyway, this is a great chain of events and huge lessons learned: flyers work and so do Abus frame locks. Man, what a roller-coaster this week. Never again shall this happen!
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