Man finds his bike's alleged thief on Craigslist - and confronts him on video
Have you ever had your bike stolen and wished you could confront the culprit? Well, this guy did - and caught it all on video.
Portland resident Jake Gillum had his $2,500 2009 Fuji road bike jacked in his home city. He scouted Craigslist and found it for sale on the popular classifieds site four days later, in Seattle. He decided to go and find the guy who was selling his bike, and video the whole thing. In the video, posted here, Gillum drives the 160 miles to Seattle with some buddies to have a fair and frank exchange of views.
Gillum phones the culprit, "Craig", tells him that he's close, and arranges to meet around the corner. When he meets Craig, he tells him that he owns the bike.
"I live in Portland, and you stole my bicycle," he says. "I have the paperwork, I have the police on the way. You are going to get arrested."
Craig denies it, and runs - along with his girlfriend. A chase ensues, which involves the cops, a frantic bike ride, and a lot of profanity.
Will Craig get his come-uppance? Watch the video and find out!
I had two bikes stolen, and it was a heart-rending experience. You feel violated, and frustrated, and just plain angry. Watching someone take action in a responsible and well-planned way made my day.
One interesting aspect of this whole affair is that Gillum used technology to fool the culprit into thinking he was from Seattle. He used the Burner iPhone app, which lets you create disposable telephone numbers with different area codes. That way, he was able to call Craig using a number with a Seattle code rather than a Portland one, thus avoiding suspicion.
Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets