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Den Of Thieves

Posted: August 12, 2013 - 12:02am

There is a den of thieves operating in Juneau.

The latest casualty is Leslie Eagle’s 2012 Trek 1.1 road bike.

It was pilfered out of her car while she was downtown. With her dog in the car no less. It is 50 cm with blue and silver (not the dog, the bike).

A lot of bikes go missing here in Juneau. Dogs, too.

As we have only black bears and not circus bears we can scratch those off the suspect list for stealing bikes. Dogs, I am not too sure about.

The Juneau Police Department doesn’t seem to think there is a large-scale chop-for-parts operation (again, not the dogs, the bikes). Yet there is a villain out there.

Sometimes the culprit is living right next door, or just down Engineer’s Cutoff Road. Police told a cycling buddy of mine that they have had dealings with an individual from that area.

This cycling buddy of mine had her bike stolen. She reported it to JPD in September 2009 right after it disappeared while she worked at the Goldbelt Building.

Interestingly, it reappeared last year at the Goldbelt Building bike rack and was in the possession of an education specialist who worked there (since then, she has moved into employment with the bike-friendly school district).

The bike had the same after-market fenders, yellow sticker from the Sitka bike shop it was legally purchased at, the handlebar bell, even the tiny bit of exterior house paint on the saddle.

JPD wanted serial numbers on a receipt.

My friend hadn’t kept a receipt. The Sitka bike shop’s computer system didn’t go back that far to find the purchase. Though the shop owner and mechanic vouched for my friend, JPD said, basically, “Possession is nine-tenths of the law.”

The current owner declined to give up the bike.

My friend traced the first sale of the bike to Craig’s List, found the initial buyer and from there went all Agatha Christie and found the Craig’s List seller.

My friend shared all the names with me, in case I ever need to buy a bike.

I offered to “possess” the bike back for my friend.

I think that is legal isn’t it? At least nine-times-out-of-ten anyways.

As for Leslie Eagle, I hope she is checking Craig’s List or driving by Engineer Cutoff Road.

I have a police scanner at work and someone just had a dog taken right out of his or her truck.

I will be looking for that special Craig’s List deal on a bike with matching dog handlebars.

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