At least one juvenile learned a lesson last weekend about fencing stolen bikes: Craigslist might not be the best place to sell them.
On July 28, that teenager was arrested after a Silver Spring woman found her stolen Schwinn beach cruiser advertised on the site.
The problem began two days earlier when a teenage boy in a red shirt rode off with the bike the woman parked unlocked outside a Silver Spring pottery studio. The woman gave chase on a rundown bicycle the thief left at the scene but could not catch up.
Later that evening, the woman, who did not want to be identified, posted a notice on Craigslist about her stolen bike. Soon after, she received an odd phone call from a man who said he had a similar bicycle for sale. She knew it was her bike, she says, but had no way to prove it.
Then, a day later, the woman saw a Schwinn Jaguar like hers posted for sale on Craigslist by someone identifying himself as “mike.” The contact number for the bike was the same as the man who called the night before.
The woman called the Montgomery County Police Department, who stopped by the juvenile’s home in D.C.’s Lamond-Riggs neighborhood. In addition to the bicycle, the boy was also advertising a second bicycle, hair clippers, a cell phone, a computer, a car radio, and an electric scooter.
Police told the woman they arrested the juvenile and are looking for two others who may have been involved. They also told her they did not find her Schwinn.