Less than 2 hours later, thanks to a total stranger and the SFPD, justice was served.
We posed as a potential buyer and asked the seller to meet us in a public spot. Thanks to the SFPD Twitter account @SFPDBikeTheft the police were just around the corner, texting “we see you” (usually creepy, this time helpful). As soon as the seller arrived the police stepped in and took over, confiscating the stolen bike.
This is how it’s supposed to work: citizens using social media for good, technology working for us, the SFPD helping reunite people with their bikes.
Here’s the blow by blow of how it went down.
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