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.

The old Stolen Bike Registry (Jan 2005-Aug 2006) is still available here.

Linus Scout 7 Speed

Location

PPM Apartments
1133 N Dearborn St
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Cruiser / Comfort Bike
Serial No.: 
L3E0402516
Size: 
15" (small)
Color: 
Navy Blue
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Brand New

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
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?: 
Garage or enclosed parking area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
1 month
Incident Description: 
Thieves got into the building cut the locks and took 3 bikes thru garage.

Trek 7.2 FX

Location

PPM Apartments
1133 N Dearborn St
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
SWTU349C5113H
Size: 
17.5
Color: 
MATTE BLACK
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Brand New

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
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?: 
Garage or enclosed parking area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
One month
Incident Description: 
Somebody got into a garage, cut the lock and took 3 bikes outside. I found two cables and locks on the floor next to a bike rack

Trek 7.2FX

Location

Catalyst Apartments
123 N DesPlaines St
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 12:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
WTU245C6427G
Size: 
17
Color: 
Black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Almost new

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?: 
6 months
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked inside building garage to a wall mounted bike rack. Wire was cut from lock.

Charge Plug 4 (2015)

Location

1840 N. Humboldt Blvd
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 11:15am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Serial No.: 
HBKXG00169
Size: 
54cm frame.
Color: 
Black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
New bike, only 1.5 months of use. Black rear rack. Shimano Claris crankset. Mount for front light.

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?: 
Storage room.
How was the bike locked?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
3 days
Incident Description: 
Bike was stolen from a common bike storage area which has approximately 50 bikes. Many are not locked at all. My bike was among the most valuable. Bike was locked by wrapping a cable around a bike rack and the frame of the bike and then securing with a combination padlock. No one besides me knew the combination. Padlock is missing along with bike. Cable was lying on the ground, uncut, uncompromised. Theft occurred sometime between Tuesday April 28th 11:00pm and Saturday May 2nd 11:00am.

Giant Vital2

Location

Armadillo Book Store
6753 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 1:15pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
SGP11K23638
Size: 
medium
Color: 
white
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
2012 model

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
Lock Type: 
Combination Cable Lock
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?: 
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?: 
20 minutes
Incident Description: 
Went into store for no more than 20 minutes. BIke was locked to another bike and a tree through each frame and wheel.

Jamis Coda 2009

Location

Armadillo Book Store
6753 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 1:15pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
Medium
Color: 
Black and White
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Pretty decent conditions, few scratches. action figure attached to the handlebar and also has a black backrack

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was cut, and left at the scene.
Lock Type: 
Combination Cable Lock
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?: 
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?: 
United States
Incident Description: 
We went into store for maybe 15-20 minutes when we came out the lock had been cut and no one around us had seen anything.

Trek 1.2 C H2

Location

Jimmy John's/Wow Bao/LA Fitness
3328 N. Clark St.
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Serial No.: 
WTU208C9668H
Size: 
60 cm
Color: 
Placid Blue w/white seat and handlebars
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Basically new blue Trek road bike with white seat and handle bars

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?: 
Less than one hour
Incident Description: 
I was at the gym no more than one hour. The bike was locked in front of the Jimmy John's on Clark Street near Diversey at the end of a bike rack. It was the early afternoon on a Thursday (April 29). None of the nearby businesses have outside facing cameras.

Trek 1000

Location

Civic Opera House
20 N. Wacker
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
Around 54inch - 5'7 rider
Color: 
White with red writing
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good condition for vintage bike, scraps along and some chipped paint. Brooks seat locked down with cable lock most distinguished feature. Inline brakes added.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
Lock Type: 
Other
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?: 
8hrs? Length of workday
Incident Description: 
The bike was locked outside the Lyric Opera building during work. To make room for additional bikes on the rack, I had locked only the front of the bike. I think they were able to remove the tire, shimmy off the lock and replace the tire. Apparently, there has been a strong increase in stolen bikes from this location.

Specialized women's bike

Location

Elaine Place Apartments
Elaine Pl
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:45am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Color: 
Black with pink accents
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Slightly used. Black with pink accents on handlebars and body.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was opened, and left unharmed at the scene.
Lock Type: 
Other
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?: 
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?: 
8 hours
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked to gate in locked courtyard at approximately 8:00pm on Thursday, April 30. Discovered missing at approximately 5:45am on Friday, May 1. U-lock was left intact hanging on gate. Door to courtyard was propped open.

Home Made White (but with plenty of wear) Single Speed Rear Coaster Brake Bike

Location

My Apartment
2749 W Sunnyside Avenue
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:15pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
55cm frame (21.5")
Color: 
White frame (worn), top tube ribbon pattern red/yel/blue/blk
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
I made the bicycle myself four years ago and it was heavily ridden. The frame is painted white, but with a lot of wear. The top tube of the frame is painted red, yellow, blue, white and black in an interlocking ribbon pattern. The fork is black, (flat) handlebars black, grips black, stem silver. It looks like a fixie to the untrained eye but is actually a single speed rear-wheel coaster brake. The chain and crank are currently slightly, but not excessively, rusted.

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?: 
It was not locked... it was in the entryway to my apartment building in a safe residential neighborhood.
Incident Description: 
The bike was in the entryway to my apartment building, a large building that looks like a single family home near Montrose and California. I left it there around 5 PM on Wednesday April 29, after returning from a meeting. I was in and out of the apartment later that evening, as were my roommates, but I mostly went up the back stairs, so would not have passed through the front entry area. I always lock my bike, but recently I've been leaving it in the entryway unlocked because there is nothing to lock it to; a lot of stuff is in the way. The building is in a safe, residential area, and the entryway is hardly visible from the street. It is very surprising to me that someone would have come in and taken it, and I say that as someone who has had several bikes stolen in the past and expects the worst. I do not know whether the bike was taken last night or this morning (4/30), but I am sure it was taken between 5 PM last evening and 12 noon today. The maintenance person for the building, who is in and out a lot doing work on a ground-floor unit, is pretty sure he saw the bike at 8:30 AM, but my roommates do not remember seeing it at 9 PM last night, so there is some conflicting information.

Women's Specialized Mountain Bike - Green w/

Location

3831 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 9:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Mountain Bike
Color: 
Green
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good condition, Specialized helmet was attached and taken with it out of our garage! - Bike is green with black rack over rear tire, large padded/neoprene seat cover

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Other situation, please describe below.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Garage or enclosed parking area.
How was the bike locked?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
United States
Incident Description: 
Bike was hanging in garage at house, about 7-8 feet above the ground

Schwinn Madison

Location

4900 N. Drake Ave, Apt. 3
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Size: 
roughly 58-60cm
Color: 
Dark Blue
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Like New condition, frame size about 58-60cm, single speed bike, blue rims, one-finger brake towards the middle of handlebars.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
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?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
7-8 months
Incident Description: 
On April 24th, the property manager for my apartment forwarded me an email from the condo association telling me that all the items in the storage area need to be removed by April 30th because the condo association was renovating the storage unit. On April 27th at about 11:30 PM, I went downstairs to the storage unit to remove my belongings and found that the door had been removed and replaced with a new door with no lock. I opened the door and found that my bike had been stolen.

2012 Raleigh Det

Location

Sullivan Athletic Center
2323 N Sheffield
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Serial No.: 
U121K05206
Size: 
19in
Color: 
Silver
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
It has a mounted headlight and tail light, and a black bag on the handle bars.

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 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?: 
apprx. 5 hours
Incident Description: 
Bike was stolen along with another bike on the same rack near a sidewalk

2014 SE Draft Lite

Location

30 E. Lake St.
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Other (describe in detail below)
Serial No.: 
SE0831IC2345K
Size: 
43
Color: 
Green
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Like new. Some dirt. Bright green. Conti Gatorskin tires on front and rear wheels. Silver flat steel pedals and silver toe cages. Purple straps on the cages. Novara rear light.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Lock was opened, and left unharmed at the scene.
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?: 
Locked through rear wheel and frame to object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
Between 4pm and 8:45pm
Incident Description: 
Locked my bike outside of Harold Washington College on State & Lake shortly before 4pm. Sometime between 4pm and 8:45pm the bike was stolen. The lock (a Kryptonite u-lock) was opened, the bike was taken, and the lock was re-locked to the bike rack. The thief also cut all the straps on my yellow Bern baker helmet. The thief left my lock and helmet on the sidewalk but got away with the bike. I will not press charges as long as the bike is returned to me.

Huffy?

Location

Logan square
1945 N California Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:45pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Mountain Bike
Color: 
Light blue/teal and silver
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good condition, women's bike, breaks were messed up (too tight, rubbing against the tires) and tires were flat, little rust specks on handle bars

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
No Lock
What was the bike locked to?: 
Other situation, please describe below.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Porch or yard.
How was the bike locked?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
3 days
Incident Description: 
Bike was in the back porch, didn't lock it bc the gate is typically locked but someone left it open and the bike was stolen. I would've locked it up if it was worth anything but I was going to give it away to a friend anyways in a few days.

Goose island bike

Location

North wells
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Fixed Gear / Track Bike
Color: 
Gold and white
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Brand new gold and white custom goose island 312 bike . White pedals

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?: 
Only the frame was locked a solid object.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
3 hours

Trek Earl

Location

1135 West Pratt Blvd
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Serial No.: 
WTU073CS0323J
Size: 
54
Color: 
Black
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Good condition. iphone case between the handle bars, and orange lock.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Not locked.
Lock Type: 
Other
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?: 
United States

Trek 1000

Location

Previous Home
2022 N. Wood Street 1N
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:30am

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Road Bike
Serial No.: 
wtu075c2199a
Size: 
58cm, 59cm, 60cm, 61cm (I can not remember the specific size)
Color: 
Orange
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Bike has little if any wear and tear. There is also an electronic bike odometer.

Lock Information

How was the lock defeated?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
Lock Type: 
Other
What was the bike locked to?: 
Other situation, please describe below.

Incident Description

Which type of area was your bike stolen from?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How was the bike locked?: 
Other situation, please describe below.
How long was the bike locked in this location?: 
Movers left truck open with bike in or around the truck.
Incident Description: 
I hired movers. The mover took the bike from my apartment and set it by or in the truck and left the truck open. The bike was then stolen.

1996? trek hybrid

Location

Home
3802 N. Seeley Ave
Chicago , IL
United States

Date of Theft

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Basic Bike Info

Bicycle Type: 
Hybrid Bike
Color: 
dark teal
Condition of Bicycle / Distinguishing Features: 
Older Trek bike in good condition. Kickstand attached recently.

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 a wooden pole, railing, or fence.

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?: 
2 weeks
Incident Description: 
Bike was locked to the porch railing near the garden level apartment building entrance. Bike was there when I left for work at 8:45. When I returned at 6 pm, the bike was gone and the cut lock was on the ground.