Another Victim Finds Stolen Bike On Craigslist; Victim Frustrated With DC Metro Police

5:17 PM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) --  Miriam Jones left her bike at the Ballston Metro stop, two weeks ago on a Friday evening for just a couple of hours. When she returned, she found someone broke through her cable lock and stole her beloved bike.

"I was really mad, frustrated and angry somebody would steal my bike that I had schlepped on the roof of my car 5000 miles from Alaska," said Jones.

Jones, who moved to Arlington just a few weeks ago, says she's owned this Specialized Rockhopper for four years, and estimates the original retail value to be around $600 to $800.
On Thursday, she saw it on Craigslist for $150 and recognized the studded tires she installed, which are meant for riding in the snow.

"I can't imagine there are too many people around here who have that particular make and model of that bike with studded tires on, so that was a dead give away it was my bike," said Jones.

The phone number listed on that Craigslist ad is the same one 9 News Now saw in another stolen bike listed on Craigslist last week. Danny Lesh found his stolen bike on Craigslist, met the alleged thief and stole his bike back during a test ride- this after failed attempts to get DC Metro police involved.

"I had served them a criminal on a platter for whatever reason they weren't able to do it," Lesh said on May 9, 2012.

Jones posted her own Craigslist ad, just like Lesh did to warn other bike owners and victims. But she also hit a roadblock with DC Metro police.

"They told me there was nothing they could do because I was an Arlington resident," explained Jones. "And the woman said we can't just go to this guy's house."

To worsen her day, Jones tells us on the night her bike got snatched, her bad luck continued...

"I actually got mugged at knifepoint on the way home," said Jones.

 Jones says after filing a report with Arlington Police, a detective followed up with her on Monday. Meanwhile, DC Metro police said Jones should not have been told they can't help her because she's from Arlington, but that she should contact Metro Transit Police.

Lastly, Jones never got her bike back. She texted the number and was told the bike wasn't available.

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