- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Vancouver woman answered an advertisement for her stolen bike on Craigslist and ended up pedaling off with it after asking its “owner” for a test spin.

Kayla Smith reported the theft of the $1,000 bike to police on Wednesday, but she decided to take matters into her own hands when she saw it for sale online for $300 the next day, the Daily Mail reported.

“I called the guy up, totally played super sweet,” she told the Globe and Mail. “Was like, ‘Hi, how are you? You know, I have the day off today, why don’t I come meet you?’”

The suspect agreed and they set up a time to meet at a McDonalds.

“I noticed that it was my bike right away because of the RIDE ON stickers on the frame,” Miss Smith said, according to the Daily Mail.

The suspect was hesitant to let Miss Smith take it for a ride.

“Don’t take off,” she said he told her.

“My heart was pounding and I had no idea what to do so I just got on the bike and was like [expletive] this guy and started to ride,” Miss Smith said.

Vancouver police spokesman Constable Brian Montague told the Daily Mail that they have been unable to make an arrest, adding that it was easier to prove a theft when someone still has the stolen goods.

“That is one of the reasons we would like anyone who sees their stolen property for sale on line to call police. We can work with the victim to facilitate a meeting with the seller to get their property back,” he said.

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