Recent Reports

Welcome to the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry

Here's how it works...

1. Your bike gets stolen. Oh no!

2. You file a theft report, and let us know about your stolen bike.

3. We receive your report. After reviewing it, we will post it on the main page. We mainly review reports to weed out spam and make minor editorial corrections to formatting.

4. Your theft report, including your bike's photo, last known location, and date of theft, are posted on our site. Your report also goes into our searchable statistics builder and is shown on our report map. And, if you're lucky, someone might see your bike and contact you directly and return your bike.


Time is of the essence! Please post your report ASAP for the best chance of getting your bike back, even if you don't yet have all the information. You can contact us via email at csbr@mailworks.org at any time to add to or change your listing.

Important: See Mr Bike's tips on I.D.-ing your bike before it gets stolen!

Search tip: Be aware indexing happens nightly so it's recommended that you eyeball at least the first 10 or 12 listings in addition to using the "search" feature.

Feel free to browse recovered bike listings for inspiring tales of bike/owner reunions.

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N/A - Completely Custom

Location

1340 North Dean Street
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 11:15pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Fixed Gear / Track Bike
Serial No.: 
N/A - Custom
Size: 
N/A
Color: 
Bright blue with bright orange tires and purple tape
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Custom blue fixie with bright orange tires and purple tape on the handlebars; excellent condition

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to a wooden pole, railing, or fence.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Alley or side passageway.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
Multiple weeks
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked to alley-facing wooden porch behind my apartment. They ripped off the wooden pole from the porch and slid the u-lock over the top of it.

Parts Theft: Frame Only: Schwinn Le Tours (late 70s/early 80s)

Location

Damen/21st
2010 W 21st St.
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 2:00am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Serial No.: 
Unknown
Size: 
Large Frame, probably 59cm+
Color: 
Baby blue/White Trim decals
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
This was actually just a frame that was stolen (along with another completely restored Schwinn that i didn't know the model of. That one was Dark Grey with Pink Decals.) The frame was dinged up in certain parts from a couple of crashes, most importantly, the rear drops were slightly bent, the front forks had some of the baby blue paint brushed off when I was initially restoring it. More importantly and a more signature characteristic was that I had a very nice redline saddle on it that I adapted from an old BMX.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Bike not locked.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Porch or yard.
How was the bike locked?: 
Not locked.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
overnight
Incident Description: 
Someone came upstairs to my second floor porch on 21st St that is facing the EL tracks by the alley and snatched the bikes I left outside overnight while I was cleaning my floors/walls. I had the Baby blue and white bike frame and the rebuilt Schwinn that is dark grey with pink decals and took them both while my family slept. I did not notice this until my wife notified me the next day while I was gone that someone had come upstairs and taken the bikes. They did not take anything else of value, including another bike... They simply came and stole the bike frame and the rebuild project I had. I thought the gate/visibility to the busy train tracks/4 people being in the house was deterrent enough, but someone was brazen enough to come upstairs at my house while we were all home and take these two items.

Specialized Sirrus 2016

Location

20 n Michigan ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 5:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
52cm
Color: 
Black and white
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
New bike, black with specialized logo in white. Small tear in the seat. Front rim has a purple line

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Front of building in residential area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
4 hours at most
Incident Description: 
U-Lock was unlocked. Probably cut through spokes. Taken on Michigan ave

NOVARA XR JC/JS

Location

844 N Maplewood Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:00am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
8110467
Size: 
Medium
Color: 
Champagne/White
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good condition used bike. Paint job is in great shape and the NOVARA logo has bright accents like pink and green I believe. Flat handlebars with twist shifters. The seat has a shock, housed in rubber. There's a black rear fender attached by nylon strap.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to a wooden pole, railing, or fence.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Porch or yard.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
5-12 hours (over night)
Incident Description: 
Bike was stolen off my alley-facing porch overnight. Frame was locked to a cross-bar of a wooden railing, with the cable wrapped around the railing itself. The cross-bar was knocked off with a hammer and the cable was cut. The lock was taken still attached to the bike.

Specalized Allez

Location

2351 N Geneva Terrace Apt 3
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 11:45am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Serial No.: 
WSBC606228545J
Size: 
Medium
Color: 
BLK/WHT/RED
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Red bottle holder, less than 1 year old

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Bike not locked.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Alley or side passageway.
How was the bike locked?: 
Not locked.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
1 day
Incident Description: 
Brought groceries up to my apartment, forgot to lock bike in rear alley of the apartment

SE LAGER FIXIE

Location

Randolph and canal
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 3:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Other (describe in detail below)
Serial No.: 
Wbdo60l0206k
Size: 
70
Color: 
Purple and matte black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Less than a year old FIXIE lager SE bike..purple matte black. It has a Schwinn bike trailer coupler attached to it.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Cable w/ Padlock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Sidewalk in front of a closed business.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through both wheels and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
Less than 8 hrs.
Incident Description: 
Was at work in downtown (canal st & Randolph)

Wyatt Brewer single speed

Location

1648 E 54th St
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 3:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Fixed Gear / Track Bike
Serial No.: 
12TM0533029
Color: 
Yellow with turquoise trim
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good. Blackstone Bike Works sticker (yellow, matches paint), turquoise wheel rims and chain, small turquoise bag was under seat, black cable lock was around seat post.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Bike not locked.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Storage room.
How was the bike locked?: 
Not locked.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
No locked. Stored there for years.
Incident Description: 
Stolen from locked basement, along with at least one other bike belonging to my husband, possible neighbors' bike as well, other items.

Specialized Crossroads

Location

1648 E 54th St
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 1:15pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
wsbc711203783
Color: 
Black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good condition, less than 1 year old. May be missing seat (thief detached and left the seat we had on it)

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Bike not locked.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Storage room.
How was the bike locked?: 
Not locked.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
A few days
Incident Description: 
In shared locked basement of a small condo association (trusted neighbors). A number of bikes were found missing. Not sure exactly when they disappeared, sometime between Mon 8/22 afternoon and Wed. 8/24 early morning

Trek 3700

Location

Clybourn Metra Station
Ashland and Armitage
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:00am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Mountain Bike
Color: 
Red
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good. Had Village Cycle Center sticker

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Newer U-Lock w/ Flat Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
from 7AM-12PM NEXT DAY
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked to a bike rack at the Clyborun Metra Station on 7/29 at 7:00am and was not found at return the following day 7/30 at 12pm.

Trek Road Bike

Location

Northwestern University Law School
392 E. Superior Street
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
Men's
Color: 
Black and grey
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Bicycle is in top condition. Red grips on the handlebars that were just recently put on (less than a week ago). The water holder has been hit a little and so is off center. There is a place for a spiral-like lock that rests on the spine next to the back wheel.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
Lock Type: 
Cable w/ Integrated Key Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Sidewalk in front of an open business.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
4 hours
Incident Description: 
The bike was parked at 1pm in a haigh-traffic area. Upon return at 5pm, the bike was gone. There was a part of the lock which was left, which spirals in and out that attaches to the frame of the bike. The bike was completely taken other than that.

Bianchi Milano

Location

1544 n lasalle
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 7:00am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Cruiser / Comfort Bike
Color: 
Teal
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Bianchi/Tiffany blue bike with red lettering and red tires. Missing front fender. Wicker basket on front, black rack on back. Small paint chip on top bar. 2008ish model.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Combination Cable Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to a metal pole, pipe, or fence.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Front of building in residential area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
6 hours
Incident Description: 
Left bike locked outside my apartment overnight. Was missing in the morning

Schwinn Speedster

Location

Trifactive
North LaSalle
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 7:15pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
Large frame
Color: 
Dark and light blue
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
2006ish model that was just tuned up with parts replaced. Had black rear rack and black front and rear fenders attached to bike frame with zip ties. Gator akin tires. Sketchbook Brewery sticker on frame near handle bars (probably taken off but worth a mention in case!)

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was opened, and left unharmed at the scene.
Lock Type: 
Older U-Lock w/ Round Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Sidewalk in front of an open business.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
1 hour
Incident Description: 
Locked front wheel and frame to bike rack while gone 1 hour. Locked outside open cafe with full front glass storefront. Thief opened lock, leaving it alightly damaged, and took bike. Photo found online of same bike so does not include rack or fenders.

Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (C2C)

Location

Bucktown Athletic Club
2040 W. North Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 12:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
50cm
Color: 
Mint Green
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Perfect Condition, Mint Green Frame, white seat, white drop handle bars, white tires, "Bianchi" in large block white lettering on frame, clip in pedals, C2C.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Combination Cable Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Sidewalk in front of an open business.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through both wheels and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
2 hours
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked to the bike rack directly in front of Bucktown Athletic Club at 2040 W. North Ave. It was locked there from 11:30-1:30 when I went out and discovered it missing.

Raleigh Redux 1

Location

777 W Diversey Parkway
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 12:15am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
U156K2046
Size: 
XL
Color: 
Black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good. Zip-ties instead of brake line clams and noticeable scrapes on the front fork from putting it on racks.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Garage or enclosed parking area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
1 Week
Incident Description: 
I had this in my apartment complexes courtyard bike rack. It was locked to a bike rack and my moped. The thief broke off the bars from the bike rack and broke the shock on my moped it was also locked around. They took it in the middle of the night and most likely gained access through a broken gate lock or from someone letting them in. They took everything they dislodged including moped bolts and the lock

Schwinn Impact

Location

In front of the LYFE kitchen on Loyola campus
16 e pearson
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 9:45am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
Medium
Color: 
Black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Black with yellow and purple lettering. When stolen it had a black basket and a bell that reads "i <3 my bike". It had flat handlebars and a small hole on the seat exposing the yellow foam underneath.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Newer U-Lock w/ Flat Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Sidewalk in front of a closed business.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
12 hours, overnight
Incident Description: 
I locked my bike last night to the bike rack at 6 pm and came back this morning to find it gone.

2016 crossroads step through

Location

Home
2540 n ashland ave
chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 1:30am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Color: 
satin emerald green
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
gray rack over back tire. fairly great condition.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Newer U-Lock w/ Flat Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to a metal pole, pipe, or fence.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Front of building in residential area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
36 hours

GIANT Escape

Location

Bike Rack at Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 11:45pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
C3AJ9498
Size: 
3 (Med)
Color: 
Black with Silver lettering
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Mint condition bike purchased less than 2 weeks prior to theft. Had back bike rack installed, under seat bag, water bottle rack, bell, and NitreRider headlight bracket on front cross bar

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock is missing, along with the bike.
Lock Type: 
Newer U-Lock w/ Flat Key
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to bike rack.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Sidewalk in front of a closed business.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through front wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
9 hours
Incident Description: 
Found bike to be missing in front of work where I had been for 9 hours.

Cannondale

Location

3rd floor of Apartment Balcony
916 N Damen Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 9:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Color: 
Red
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Red Cannondale hybrid bike, 27 gears, metal silver pedals, black seat,

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Object that bike was locked to was broken, removed, or otherwise compromised.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Locked to a wooden pole, railing, or fence.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Porch or yard.
How was the bike locked?: 
Locked through both wheels and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
3 days
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked to back 3rd floor balcony of apartment. Bike was locked with chain threaded through front wheel and connected to U lock with U lock connecting frame and back wheel to balcony post. Balcony post was broken off and bike was removed. Incident happened between 5:50pm and 11:35pm Saturday night

Cannondale caad5

Location

WMS Boathouse at Richard Clark Park
3400 N Rockwell St.
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
58 cm
Color: 
red
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Condition: mild use. Very old beaten up seat.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Bike not locked.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How was the bike locked?: 
Not locked.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
for the afternoon
Incident Description: 
I was working at the Chicago River Canoe and Kayak at Clark Park in Chicago. My bike was in the garage where we store all our boats. Someone was hanging around the area for a while and we became a little suspicious of him. We were helping customers into the water and next thing we knew was my bike was gone. I suspect this individual hanging around the area ran off with my bike however we did not actually see him do it. I asked people around the park if they saw someone ride off with a red bike and some individuals confirmed they did.