Reward Offered for "Ass Kicking" of "Scum Bag Thief" of Vintage Bike

Categories: Crime, bikes
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Here's one way to earn $100...
Tara N. built that bicycle himself when he was a teenager. It had sat, dormant, in his parents' garage in San Jose for the better part of 22 years. And, not three weeks after he rescued it and planned to fix it up here in San Francisco -- someone broke in and stole it.

So Tara wants his bike back. But he'd like a little more, too.

"$100 reward for the return or information leading to the ass kicking, I mean arrest, of the scum bag thief," reads Tara's eye-catching posters, which he's affixed near his home on Alamo Square.

Tara notes that, no, he doesn't really want to fund the beating of his victimizers. But it did feel fun to write it that way. "That's in thought only," he says. "But, in theory, I would like to see them in the public stocks out in Union Square. Maybe we could throw tomatoes at them."

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Jim Herd
Tara's beloved ride was a 1972 vintage Peugeot with a number of handmade aluminum components that were affordable when he put the bike together in the 1980s -- but are now precious if obtainable at all.

Whoever purloined the bicycle appears to know what he or she was doing. Sometime between 1 and 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, a bolt-cutter or some such device was used to cut through the hasp on which Tara had affixed a padlock. The thief made off with the vintage bike while leaving several more pedestrian cycles in the basement room. The Peugeot has flat tires and hadn't undergone any maintenance following its 22-year San Jose sojourn, so Tara is pretty sure the burglar wheeled or carried it away.

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The bike thief or thieves made short work of the hasp securing the padlock to a basement room
"I'm under the impression this happens to a lot of nice bikes in San Francisco," Tara laments. "When I called some of the bike shops to let them know about it, they told me they get a call like this every day."

His bicycle is "so identifiable, so unique" that selling it whole would be a feat for the thieves. He's holding out hope that the burglars may be "some kids" whose parents might be wondering about the nifty old bike that suddenly appeared in the yard.

If anyone has a bead on the location of the 1972 Peugeot and wants his or her due reward, they can contact Tara here.

The ass-kicking is to be undertaken at one's own discretion.

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9 comments
Mrchild
Mrchild

    Hi Happy New year everyone.  I'am a sweet, friendly, honest ,caring girl in search of "the one".I've been single for over

two years . so i got a profile on ----T'ALL'HUB。С'⊙M.----It is the largest club for tall men or pretty girls mate. maybe

you wanna hit me up ,seriously !

riddim dancehall
riddim dancehall

I will offer the same reward for my 2006 Felt F75(blue/black) that was stolen in the mission the other day.  Cut the lock off it around 5pm, no one saw anything, WTF?!?

tara
tara

my hopes in making the offer and bringing attention was to catch the thief and prevent what happened to me from happening to others: the violation, the sadness and depression, the broken dreams. it was obvious that this thief had done this before to a hasp. i will now raise the reward to $100 for a no questions asked return and $200 for an ass kicking and/or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief. anyone who wants to add to this reward/ass kicking fund may do so. get this thief - you could be next.

tara
tara

anyone who wants to donate to assist in the replacement of this bike if it is not recovered, it would be greatly appreciated

saimin
saimin

Bicycle thieves are getting smarter. More than half of bicycles are stolen from people's homes, where they are locked less securely than on street bike racks.

Bob
Bob

If they were smart they might realize that people tend to shoot home-breakers. 

DaveinSF2
DaveinSF2

Yeah, just advertise the rare, irreplaceable Campagnolo components... Now he's NEVER getting that bike back... At least not intact

GCF
GCF

To a thief, a bike is a bike is a bike. 

bob
bob

Then why don't they just buy a $50 huffy and ride the fuck out of it instead of stealing people's bikes? 

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