Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

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Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby BandedRail » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:21 pm

My friends bike was stolen on Sunday (lock cut), here are the details:

Giant Yukon mountain bike; 24 inch (61 cm) frame; black and blue with thin white trim; semi-slick tyres; front shocks; disc-brakes; all Shimano parts; black Tioga rack on back.

Stolen from Gladstone Street, Perth (near Claisebrook Railway Station), Sunday afternoon 30 August 2009.

Most distinguishing feature is the size of it, at 61 cm it's (dare I say it) a giant of a bike. It has been reported to the police as stolen, serial number available on request. I'll post a pic tonight (as my photo account is off limits while at work :roll: ).

[Edit] Here's the pic, not great (and pre-rack) but the only one available:

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Any info most appreciated.

Cheers

[another edit] Frame size was wrong, it's 61 cm, not 63 cm.
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA

Postby JarrahJack » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:15 pm

This seems to match size, description and picture:

http://perth.gumtree.com.au/c-Stuff-for ... Z180257182

Might just be a coincidence though.

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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA

Postby Baalzamon » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:32 pm

Well that has a Tioga rack on it as well, very suspicious. BandedRail I hope you spot this and let your mate know.
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA

Postby matth » Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:46 am

Baalzamon wrote:Well that has a Tioga rack on it as well, very suspicious. BandedRail I hope you spot this and let your mate know.


Umm... is it me or are those bolt cutters in the picture on Gumtree... surely not !!!
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA

Postby HappyHumber » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:52 pm

matth wrote:Umm... is it me or are those bolt cutters in the picture on Gumtree... surely not !!!


:shock: long handled secateurs, perhaps?
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA

Postby BandedRail » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:41 pm

Well spotted Jack! I just talked to my friend's wife - she's pretty sure that it's an exact match for the stolen bike but serial numbers will confirm it either way. I'll keep you informed as information comes to hand.

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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby BandedRail » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:36 pm

Great news, the bike has been recovered! My friend posed as a potential buyer & took the bike for a test ride around the block, checking the serial number when he was around the corner & out of sight. Sure enough it was his bike so the police were called as soon as they left the house. The seller has just spent the morning "helping the police with thier enquiries" ;) , not only in regards to this bike but also about the 5 other bikes & various items the police found when they searched the property.

So a huge THANK YOU to BNA & JarrahJack in particular :D

The bike looks like it had a hard life after it was stolen but as it was taken from a house it was covered by insurance and has recently been replaced. This means the now recovered bike becomes the property of the insurance company in a few months time (after the court case).

As for the bolt cutters in the photo... :roll:

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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby Baalzamon » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:43 pm

EXCELLENT

Good to hear that was the bike and you got it recovered. I would have done the same thing, posed as buyer and checked serial # out of site and called cops.
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby HappyHumber » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:50 pm

That''s awesome! Thanks for providing the update, Bandedrail.... it's nice to know postings in this sub-forum occasionally do turn up a success story.
I was curious to know how your friend was going to handle it.
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:58 pm

YEAH!!!!!!!!!
BR, you owe Jack a beer.

Now let's hope the police and judge put him inside for a looooong time. Bubba's gettin' lonely :twisted:

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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby madrapper » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:02 pm

Fantastic spot, thread and outcome :)

And spotting the bolt cutters in the pic - absolute gold :D

They'll be talking about this thread for years to come - great story.
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby JarrahJack » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:04 pm

It's great to be of assistance. Hopefully this means one less thief on the streets.

The police should check out the sellers other ads on Gumtree.

I am pleased that there was no need for confrontation of the "seller" as it would be difficult and dangerous to show up there and start shouting "you stole my bike". Your mates seem to handle the situation well.

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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby blkmcs » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:16 pm

That is great news, well spotted JarrahJack :D
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby BandedRail » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:00 am

Further information that has just come to light, it turns out the seller was completely innocent! Guess where he bought the bike from? Yep, good old "you pinch it, we'll fence it for ya Cash Converters". The person who sold it to Cash Converters was dopey enough to use their real name & this is ther person the police arrested & charged (and also had the other 5 bikes & various items of interest). The culprit has more priors than there are weeks in the year so I suspect things will be grim for him (hear that splashing sound? That's my heart bleeding for him.... NOT!).

I've always wondered if pawnbrokers check to see if the goods they sell are stolen, now I know :x

My friend is sending some tasty beverages to the seller (poor bugger, not his fault) and he also asked me to pass some on to JarrahJack (pm me, I'll be able to deliver them when I get back from NZ).

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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby Cinder » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:26 am

Wow...

That is unbelievably lucky!
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby casual_cyclist » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:05 pm

Good news your mate got his bike replaced and that the original bike was recovered. Bad news for the seller purchasing then trying to onsell stolen property :shock:

I guess it's a warning for all of us to make what inquiries we can when buying a bike (or any secondhand goods) that they are not stolen.
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Re: Stolen: Giant Yukon MTB from Perth WA - RECOVERED!

Postby xerubus » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:02 pm

Happy endings are always great... especially on a Friday... paves the way for a great weekend!

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