how to catch a bike thief
1. find sliced-through bike lock with no sign of bike.
2. cry a little. take the bus home.
3. file police report.
4. observant boyfriend finds suspiciously similar bike for sale on craigslist 4 days later.
5. call police. holiday. crap. keep calling. call more police. call police in the city the bike was stolen and the city it's now for sale. stop police on the street to get advice. call some more. finally get a hold of someone who tells you what you need to do next.
6. have bf call the craigslist number and act like he's interested in buying the bike. send brave, even-tempered bf to check it out to make sure it's the stolen bike. be impressed at said even-tempered boyfriend's ability to not punch the guy in the face.
7. call police, give them directions and a description. then wait. wait some more. try to think of something else. go thrifting. go buy some cupcakes.
8. get call from police saying you can come pick up your bike - !!!
9. pat yourselves on the back. eat a cupcake. buy huge-ass bike lock.
ps - apparently there was a warrant out on this guy because according to the sheriff's office website his bail is set at $50,000. yessssssssss