VANCOUVER - When Kayla Smith returned from the Pacific National Exhibition to the Olympic Village on Wednesday evening to find her $1,000 Masi road bike had been stolen, she cried.
When she found it for sale on Craigslist the next morning, she decided to steal it back.
“The cops have enough issues to deal with every day, a stolen bicycle is definitely not on the top of their priority list,” the 33-year-old bartender told QMI Agency. “I took matters into my own hands.”
Posing as an interested buyer, Smith arranged to meet the seller in the parking lot of a McDonald’s at Main Street and 2nd Avenue later that day.
She said she immediately recognized the custom brake levers, mismatched bar ends and stickers she had pasted on the bike being offered for sale at $300.
“It all happened so quickly, my heart was pounding,” she said. “But it was my bike. I know my bike.”
When the seller agreed she could take it for a test ride around the block, she simply kept pedalling and didn’t return.