Vancouver woman 'steals' her stolen bike back
A woman who stole back her bicycle from a thief after seeing it advertised online has become an internet hit.PT1M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2spa7 620 349 August 28, 2013
A Canadian woman has earned global admiration for stealing back her bicycle from a thief after seeing it advertised online.
Kayla Smith, 33, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that her bicycle was taken from a rack in Vancouver's oceanfront Olympic Village, which was constructed to host athletes during the 2010 Winter Games and is now a bustling neighbourhood.
Holy crap, this is my bike. Like, what do I do? And then I was just, like, play dumb
Ms Smith filed a police report over the theft of the bicycle, which was valued at $1000.
Rode off with her bike: Kayla Smith
The next day, she spotted an ad on the classified advertisements website Craigslist for a bike that looked suspiciously like hers.
She contacted the seller and arranged to meet him in a nearby McDonald's parking lot, posing as a buyer.
She said she immediately recognised her bike, with personalised stickers on the frame.
"Holy crap, this is my bike," Smith told the news organisation. "Like, what do I do? And then I was just, like, play dumb."
The woman asked the seller if she could ride it around the parking lot.
She then rode off with the bike.
When CBC News called the seller's phone number as listed in the original Craigslist post, the person denied the allegations.
As news of her daring dash spread online, police cautioned against confronting thieves, but her actions continued to draw praise.
"Was it smart? Probably not. Was it badass as all hell? Damn straight!" said a comment on the reader section of CBC's website.
In July this year, a Melbourne man bought a bike that he sensed was stolen, and advertised it on the Gumtree website. The bicycle's owner saw the advert and reclaimed the bike, but police later warned the man that he could be charged with receiving stolen goods.