A theft victim whose bicycle was stolen at San Francisco’s Pier 39 earlier this month found his $1,200 bike on Craigslist and led police to the man trying to sell it on Friday evening, a police captain said today.
The 27-year-old San Jose resident reported his bike stolen on Oct. 23.
Days later, the man saw the bike listed for sale on the classified ads website and arranged to purchase it, according to police.
After agreeing to meet at the suspect’s home near Hayes and Scott streets, the man called police, and plainclothes officers accompanied him to the meeting at about 7 p.m. Friday, said police Capt. Denis O’Leary of the department’s Park Station.
Officers detained the 25-year-old man trying to sell the bike. The man told police that he had bought the bike himself on Craigslist two days earlier and didn’t know that it was stolen, O’Leary said.
The officers did not arrest the man and are forwarding the case to the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed, O’Leary said.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News