Posts Tagged ‘stolen’

How an Outsider Views San Francisco’s Stolen Bike Lifestyle – Buying a Hot Ride at 7th and Market – Also, a BikeShare Station in the Twitterloin?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

This account of a journalist buying a stolen bike in the heart of Mayor Ed Lee’s gritty Twitterloin district isn’t new, but it’s new to me, so there you go.

Via Patrick Symms:

“Over the years, SFPD Sergeant McCloskey had launched dozens of stakeouts, stings, and reverse stings against bike thieves in the city’s Tenderloin District, becoming a legendary Lone Ranger in the bike wars, a one-man encyclopedia of cycle crime. He once spent an hour telling me his favorite techniques for catching thieves. The best spot was the San Francisco Public Library’s main branch, a few steps from Market Street. “We took a nice Cannondale and locked it to the bike rack there, set up a robbery detail, and watched the guys stealing the bikes,” he explained. “It worked really well. They’re very slick. They ride up on their own bike, park next to it. They have bolt cutters on a shoelace around their neck and lean down to cut it. They’re very fast. We did this successfully more than 20 times. We’ve only been skunked once. About 90 percent of the people we get are drug addicts, meth heads. Speeders, we call them.

In Portland, Joe Luiz had confessed that he’d never quite figured out where all the bikes were going, but in San Francisco this wasn’t an issue. Stolen bikes were for sale, openly, at Market and 7th, a block from where Sergeant McCloskey got so many stolen. 

I’d come to San Francisco for a funeral—my father-in-law had passed away. I drove downtown to pick up his ashes and, combining two errands into one, drove down Market Street to buy a stolen bike. I parked and walked to the corner of 7th, where there was an open-air market in fenced goods, from canned food to blue jeans to batteries.

The hot-bike market in downtown San Francisco was shameless, a disgrace to the city. But it wasn’t the Bay Area’s only dubious bicycle venue. The Alameda flea market was notorious for recycling stolen bikes, and in Golden Gate Park there was a chop shop where amateur mechanics swapped components and resold stolen bikes for profit.”

In related news:

city bike share at 7th and Market

Here it is, brand-new:

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Prediction: This station will be difficult and expensive to maintain. (Of course, the people behind Bay Area BikeShare already know this. And yet, they will be surprised by what will occur in this area. You’ll see.)

 

If You U-Lock Your Brand New Bike in SF Without Taking Precautions, This Will Happen To It Within One Day

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh yeah, this isn't a mountain bike, apologies.]

Some junkie in a hoodie will quick-release your seatpost and front wheel and then walk away in about five seconds.

Thusly:

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I don’t even know why bike shops in SF sell bikes with quick-release anything.

Myself, I switch everything out and then superglue everything I can.

So my $269 Marin mountain bike ends up with $100-something worth of U-lock, wheel locks, headset lock, saddle lock, etc oh well.

In Honr of the Retrn of Flickr, the Best San Francisco Photo Posted to Flickr Evr – MUNI Stop, Owl Purse, Horse Shoes

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

If Miley Cyrus moved to the Mission and started riding MUNI, then it might go a little something like this.

And, oh yes, put a bird on it:

Via Will Wilson – click to expand (Just 269 views so far? C’mon!)

Now, what do those reddish, platform-style rocking kicks (do they come with horseshoes?) say to you? To me, they say, “Steal my iPhone and I won’t even try to chase you down.”

Stay safe, MUNI riders!

Achtung Baby! SFPD Sting Op Comes Down Hard on an iPhone Thief – A Nice Video Featuring Retractable Baton

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

IDK, I think this dude’s court-appointed mouthpiece would be happier if dude hadn’t turned off Find My iPhone before negotiating the $180 finder’s fee.

“Uploaded on Jul 10, 2013

A friend of mine dropped her phone. This guy found it, and demanded $180 to get it back after disabling ‘Find My iPhone’. The police agreed to set up the sting. The guy you see from the back in the hat is the undercover cop. He goes to pay the guy and the three others move in. Especially notice the one flick out his baton. At this point, I am asked to stop filming, but allowed to continue after informing the officer of my rights. He only asked I moved a little down the block, which I complied with.

San Francisco Must Be the Bicycle-Stealingest City in the World

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

A quick-release skewer on your new mountain bike is a bug, not a feature:

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Sucker Watch: Most Participants Won’t Pay to Enter the 2013 Bay to Breakers Fun Run So Why Should You?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Oh, you are a sucker. Well, then be my guest – pay $48 for a number. And actually, and you’ll enjoy this, sucker, it’s already too late to get a good deal on registration for 2013. Prices be higher now.

Most people who aren’t professional runners  don’t pay and here’s a good reason not to pay:

Your money goes directly to “Christian Billionaire” Philip Anschutz.

And then he takes your $$$$$ and uses it to, over the years, oppose the concept of evolution and fund anti-gay efforts.

(It’s funny that he even took an interest in this historic fun run and street party but he likes running so there y0u go.)

The reason that organizers won’t say how many “bandits” show up for the party is because they don’t want you to think that most people don’t pay.

But, IRL, most people don’t pay.

If you don’t believe me then take a NSFW look right here.

How many bibs do you see? Every year they say they will eject all these people and every year they don’t actually do it.

Now the San Francisco Nike Womens Marathon is different. You see, they give out coveted awards and people just can’t help themselves. And then stuff like this happens; “NO BIB NO BIB NO BIB!

But B2B aint like that.

One difference this year will be a limit on the size of the bags you might carry.

It’s like the size of Fook Mi’s backpack, best I can imagine.

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All right, have a great 2013 B2B.

And if you want to pay money to somebody, just take whatever your reg fee is and give it to Pride or whatever.

End Of Line.

Area Bicycle Thief Claims He Could Have Stolen This MTB Locked Up on Market Street in Two Minutes

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Which is probably true.

But the thing is I only left it there for two minutes

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After a brief examination of the doors of this obsolete newspaper pedmount, the bicycle thief ran off claiming that he wasn’t trying to steal this particular bike.

On it goes.

Stolen iPhone Spot Market – Meet the Gentlemen Who Fenced Your Apple Device – Mid-Market, SF, USA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Hanging out at 7th and Market in front of the check-cashing place in the heart of San Francisco’s corrupt Twitterloin / “Uptown” Tenderloin.

Good  times:

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Now I’ll tell you, there will come a time when fencing an iPhone will become less lucrative. You know, the way it’s becoming in New York City. (Right? ‘Cause if you all can’t actually use the iPhone you just bought off of craigslist for cheap, then you all will stop buying them and that will be the end of the bulk of the stolen iPhone market.)

If only SFGov and the SFPD were so “innovative.”

But remember, appointed Mayor “Ed Lee Get’s It Done,” unless he doesn’t, as in this case.

And so many others

1: Cyclist Parks Bike in San Francisco 2: Abandons It After a Wheel Gets Stolen 3: SFPD Ignores It Too 4: Repeat

Monday, January 14th, 2013

As seen on Market Street, day after day, week after week:

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And soon enough, month after month?

The Reality of Mayor Ed Lee’s Vaunted Twitterloin – Street Fighting and Selling of Charitable and Stolen Goods – On Video

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Right here:

What’s changed in Mid-Market?

Not that much.

What will change in Mid-Market, asides from rents going up?

Not that much.