Portland Man tracks down thief who stole his $2000 bike utilizing Craigslist
Jake Gilum of Portland, Oregon recently had his $2000 Fuji team bike stolen from him. Not wanting to just let the expensive bike go he utilized Craigslist for a sting operation to track down the thief and have him arrested.
A Portland. Ore., bike nut drove more than 160 miles to track down his stolen bicycle and confronted the suspected thief on camera during a sting operation he set up with some pals.
Jake Gillum said he was heartbroken after his $2,000 Fuji Team bike was swiped from a street in southeast Portland earlier this month.
Gillum said he spent hours on Craigslist, Reddit and other message boards before spotting his prized ride up for sale in a post on Craigslist Seattle.
"I was home alone, I started yelling really loud, and I scared the dog," he told KATU television.
Gillum and two pals drove three hours to Seattle on Saturday and set up a meeting with the seller using a fake name, Simon Jackson, and a phone app that disguised his area code to make it seem like he was calling from Seattle.
When Gillum confronted the seller, identified as Craig Ackerman, Ackerman denied stealing the bike but then took off on foot.
Gillum and his friends chased Ackerman, and kept their cameras running the whole time.
"Your under citizen's arrest!" one of Gillum's pals shouts as Ackerman darts between cars in a shopping center parking lot.
Seattle police eventually showed up — the crafty trio had called them before confronting Ackerman — and the suspected bike thief was arrested.
Ackerman, who lives in Southeast Portland, was charged with trafficking in stolen property, KATU reported.
Source & Image: NY Daily News
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