To the editor:
During bike to work week, my 15-year-old son rode his bike to work then to the Orchard Park Mall.
He locked his bike and helmet in a rack right under a security camera.
Within an hour the lock was picked and the bike and helmet were gone.
We had the serial number and could file a police report, but didn’t think we’d see the bike again.
Yesterday the police called saying we could pick the bike up at Sportcheck. Apparently a guy brought it in for servicing and his name didn’t match the name we had engraved on the bike, so they checked the serial number and it came up as stolen.
The staff called the police and distracted the guy until they arrived and arrested him.
We were very fortunate. The likelihood of recovering a stolen bike is slim but we did a couple of things to increase our chances including knowing the serial number so we could make a police report, engraving the serial number on the bike in a few unexpected places and engraving the owner’s name on it.
However, if it weren’t for the great staff at Sportcheck, the bike would still be missing.
By the way, we didn’t get the helmet back, but the thief needs all the help he can get to protect his smart part—he can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.