I've told the story of this at least a dozen times so far. In this case I'll make it quick.
I'll break it down.
- Ian has his bike stolen from East City in October of 2017. Police report filed, grand search ensued.
- The person who stole it sold it to M.
- Somebody stole the bike from M. Police report filed.
- Feeling guilty (perhaps) the bike was subsequently dropped off at Peterborough Police.
- M felt the need to upgrade some parts, so he brought it to me for repair.
- I took the crank into Fontaine Source for Sports, whereby we identified the crank as belonging to a stolen bike.
- I used the description written on a note paper, and the phone number, to contact the actual owner. Ian.
- Since the bike was in for repair, Ian said to continue the repair. He paid me via E-Transfer.
- M, having learned that "his" bike was indeed NOT his, was extremely upset.
- Ian, not only paid me for the repair, but offered to compensate M for his loss.
- Ian came to Mike Fix My Bike and retrieved his bike and left compensation for M.
So, a bike was stolen, twice. Reported to the police, twice. It took a little serendipity and a need for a repair to get it back to its lawful (and extremely happy) owner. This was a 3 week process.
Suffice it to say, I am a hero in one man's eyes, and a complete piece of shit in another's. Sounds like it all balances out in my Karma bank account. Congratulations to Ian for getting his favourite ride back at last. Glad it all worked out for you.