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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vancouver woman reclaims stolen bike from thief after posing as a buyer

August 28, 2013: A Canadian woman who had her $1100 bike stolen has met her alleged thief in a parking lot under the pretense of buying it, just so she could steal it back.

A Vancouver woman has earned widespread notoriety for stealing back her bicycle from a thief after seeing it advertised on line.

Kayla Smith, 33, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that her $1000 bicycle was taken from a rack in Vancouver's ocean front Olympic Village — constructed to host athletes during the 2010 Winter Games and now a bustling neighbourhood.
Smith filed a police report.
The next day, she spotted an ad on the classified advertisements website Craigslist for a bike that looked suspiciously like hers, so she contacted the seller and arranged to meet him in a nearby McDonald's parking lot, posing as a buyer.
She told CBC she immediately recognised her bike, with personalised stickers on the frame and custom brakes.
"Holy crap this is my bike," Smith, a bartender, told the public broadcaster. "Like what do I do? And then I was just, like, play dumb."
Kayla poses with her recently reclaimed bike.
Kayla poses with her recently reclaimed bike.
The seller claimed to have bought it from his house mate, which made her think: "No you didn't. You stole it from me last night, you liar."
The woman asked the seller if she could take it for a test ride around the parking lot and then pedalled off with it.
As news of her daring dash spread online, police cautioned against confronting thieves, but her actions continued to draw praise.
"Was it smart? Probably not. Was it badass as all Hell? Damn straight!" said a comment on the reader section of CBC's website.
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