Recovered 12 months later at a second hand dealer

May 13, 2020 By Brad Kellas 4481 Recovered Bikes

Stolen from a unit in West Footscray on 1 April 2019 and recovered one year later, for sale in a second-hand dealer in Barkly Street, Footscray.

Pity the dealer didn't check the VAULT before buying and attempting to sell the bike.  Very lucky it was picked up by a stolen bike spotter, as the pawnbroker had incorrectly spelled the bike's details.  Miss spelling the bike details seems to be a catchy phenomenon amongst some dealers at the moment. 

Note: Miss spelling stolen property descriptions online is a major red flag and a usual ploy by black market traders to avoid the item being identified.  

Some appreciative words from the bike owner

Thank you BikeVAULT and thank you to the SUPERSTAR civilian who spotted my Merida.

This is such a good news story and I feel so lucky that he has returned, after 12 months of feeling bereft – I have an immense amount of gratitude. 

Thank you.

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