trek madone stolen or not

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trek madone stolen or not

Postby maxcherry » 15 Dec 2014, 9:02pm

I saw a Trek Madone in one of the second hand shops near where i live. I have nothing against the shop.
I am worried that the person who buys the bike may be buying a stolen bike and they will lost the money they paid.
Do i ask the shop to check it with the police to check if it is stolen or do those type of shops do this automatically.

I wouldn't ask but the bike is full carbon and it still has the Garmin cadence mount on it, that is why i think that
the shop was sold a stolen bike.

Thank you.
Honestly chaps, I'm a female!

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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby Mark1978 » 15 Dec 2014, 9:05pm

Almost certainly stolen. You should inform the police.

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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby maxcherry » 15 Dec 2014, 9:12pm

It's one of those shops you can take your electrical items or bikes in and either buy them back or sell after a month.
Not sure of the age of the bike, just that it is full carbon and at a very low price but still looks good (better after a clean)

Just the Garmin being attached to the bike just looks suspect. I will pass into the shop tomorrow and ask about it.
Honestly chaps, I'm a female!

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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby Vantage » 15 Dec 2014, 11:57pm

The bigger chains usually require the seller to provide proof of ID and a photo of the seller is taken at the point of sale too.
The ex wife and I fell on particularly hard times a few years ago and that's how we know.
The police are aware that these sorts of shops are prone to flogging goods of questionable legal ownership as they advised me to check these shops after a burglary several years earlier.
Whether they can investigate on a civilians suspicion I've no idea.
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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby eileithyia » 16 Dec 2014, 7:22am

pose as an interested potential customer and ask about the bike inc whether they checked if it was stolen?
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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby LondonBikeCommuter » 16 Dec 2014, 8:21am

I think your jumping the gun some what..... its mid december and the kids are going to want father Christmas to visit in a couple of weeks add to that the harsh economic climate with bills going up and up. Its not out of the relms of possibility that with a few short term cash flow issues a known value item is a good way to generate some cash. If your going to buy it back why take the cadence sensor off or maybe the owner forgot about it. I've accidentally left my 810 on bike while I've been shopping. Speak to the shop by all means but the finger pointing at this point is in my view unwarranted.

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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby nullemont » 19 Dec 2014, 2:38pm

If the frame is relatively new it should be traceable through the bar code on the frame. This assumes the original dealer recorded this number along with the purchasers details at the time of the sale Of course if it has been sold on by the original owner things could get a little more difficult.

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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby maxcherry » 25 Dec 2014, 3:49pm

LondonBikeCommuter wrote:I think your jumping the gun some what..... its mid december and the kids are going to want father Christmas to visit in a couple of weeks add to that the harsh economic climate with bills going up and up. Its not out of the relms of possibility that with a few short term cash flow issues a known value item is a good way to generate some cash. If your going to buy it back why take the cadence sensor off or maybe the owner forgot about it. I've accidentally left my 810 on bike while I've been shopping. Speak to the shop by all means but the finger pointing at this point is in my view unwarranted.



Seeing as it was for sale on the shop floor with a price tag and the cadence sensor. Made me curious as to if the bike was stolen or not.
I did ask about the bike, they said they take the details of the seller if it is bought second hand (no original receipt)
Honestly chaps, I'm a female!

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Re: trek madone stolen or not

Postby bikes4two » 27 Dec 2014, 6:26am

Buying any second hand bike can be tricky in cases where provenance is unclear. I have bought a number of used bikes in my time, and have never knowingly bought anything dodgy :oops:

However, one day last summer, the police where running a stand by the Gosport ferry offering to register bikes: I declined the offer!

Why you may ask - well, if one of my second hand bikes had been stolen and registered, then I'd risk loosing it (through police recovering stolen goods) :roll:
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