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Old 09.03.2015, 18:06
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Returning a stolen bike

This kid, a friend of my son, stayed over on Saturday night/Sunday morning. He got separated from his group on Saturday night, and missed his bus. But somehow managed to show up at our place around 4:30AM. It turns out he stole a bike and rode it over to us. The bike is still sitting near our place, and the kid is long gone. I'm trying to figure out how to return the bike without being incriminated. I'm debating whether or not to rat the kid out. I wonder if I should speak to his parents. I'd just like to get the bike back to its rightful owner with minimal hassle. What would you do?
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Old 09.03.2015, 18:15
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

Either rat out the little shit, or phone the police and say you found it near/on your property.
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Old 09.03.2015, 18:38
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

Tell the kid to come over and return it to it's rightful place...
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

I wouldn't get the kid in trouble- at the end of the day (night) the key was to get him back to yours safe- but yes, I'd ask him to take it back to where he found it. If he does not cooperate, phone the police to say you found the bike near yours. Kids do stupid things, I know I did.
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Old 09.03.2015, 18:51
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Either rat out the little shit, or phone the police and say you found it near/on your property.
Now tell us what you realy mean....


I found a tomo a few years back and just emailed the local police station giving the location of the mofa. they replied with a thankyou and that was that.
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Old 09.03.2015, 20:13
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

Managing lost property is not a police function here, it is the job of the town hall if found in a public place.

You look on the town website where the bike was stolen. Look for the words "Fundbüro" or "bureau des objets trouvés" and take the bike there. (To the Lost Property Office)
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Managing lost property is not a police function here, it is the job of the town hall if found in a public place.

You look on the town website where the bike was stolen. Look for the words "Fundbüro" or "bureau des objets trouvés" and take the bike there. (To the Lost Property Office)
I once found a wallet. I took it to the Fundburo which was in the Police office. A Police Officer took the wallet from me and filled out a form with some info.

Once, my daughter left her backpack at the playground. The Police called our house and told us they had it. We went to the Police station and picked it up.

Things must be done different in your neck of the woods but here it seems to be clearly a Police function.

Edit: And yeah, get that shit to take that bike back and apologize while he's at it.
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Old 09.03.2015, 22:03
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

It seems to be endemic where I live.

Sometimes a bike appears on the corner of the apartment block I live in. Then for some weeks more bikes appear. Then it goes quiet for a year or two.
Then the process starts again.
I did trying informing the police but I got the impression they were not interested.

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Re: Returning a stolen bike

Or get his parents involved? After all, their kid - their responsibility. I think.
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I once found a wallet. I took it to the Fundburo which was in the Police office. A Police Officer took the wallet from me and filled out a form with some info.

Once, my daughter left her backpack at the playground. The Police called our house and told us they had it. We went to the Police station and picked it up.

Things must be done different in your neck of the woods but here it seems to be clearly a Police function.

Edit: And yeah, get that shit to take that bike back and apologize while he's at it.
It's a police function here too. The lost and found office is at the police station and the police website has a lost and found section with photos of objects they've had handed in.

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It's a police function here too. The lost and found office is at the police station and the police website has a lost and found section with photos of objects they've had handed in.
Local rules rule. Typical switzerland.

In BL the Police handle it. At least that is what the police told me when they replied to my email.
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Old 09.03.2015, 23:32
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

If the owner will claim insurance, then I imagine a police report is necessary, so they would be accustomed to hearing about it.

I just reprimanded the kid. He promised he would return it tomorrow after school. I'm thinking this 15 year old probably just heard me say, "Blah, blah, blah" over the phone, and I wouldn't even know if he really does return tomorrow. Maybe I should insist he return it to the police. I'd rather have him learn something from this than to get off scot-free, yet I wouldn't want him to get into permanent trouble.

I know, maybe I tell him we have to chop off one of his hands. Just kidding. He's too old to believe that anyway.
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This kid, a friend of my son, stayed over on Saturday night/Sunday morning. He got separated from his group on Saturday night, and missed his bus. But somehow managed to show up at our place around 4:30AM. It turns out he stole a bike and rode it over to us. The bike is still sitting near our place, and the kid is long gone. I'm trying to figure out how to return the bike without being incriminated. I'm debating whether or not to rat the kid out. I wonder if I should speak to his parents. I'd just like to get the bike back to its rightful owner with minimal hassle. What would you do?
As you later posted the "kid" is 15, he is really old enough to take responsibility for his actions. Think about the fact that this is your son's friend....unlikely to be a very good influence on your son.

If this was your son who stole the bike, what you would want the parents of his friend to do?

I have to wonder about a 15 year old not coming home and were his parents not worried? He probably lied to his parents about where he stayed and how he got there. So whether you like it or not, you are involved.

Somewhere out there is a person who has likely been inconvenienced because their bike was stolen. The longer you mull over what to do, the worse it is for that person.

We raised our kids to let us know their whereabouts and if they were stuck because they missed the bus, they knew they could and should call us.

There is a good chance the bike has been reported stolen and that "kid" has committed a crime....which you know about. The fact that you need to post on EF asking what to do is rather pathetic.
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Either rat out the little shit, .
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Old 10.03.2015, 08:43
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

A newish bike was abandoned at my place of work.
As there are many occasional people that come and go, and it's not unusual for bikes and trottis to be left, I waited a couple of weeks and asked around.

When no one came forward, the police were informed, who came by, took a couple of phone pics and arranged for a sub-contractor to come by and pick it up.

I doubt if it made it back to it's owner, who probably dined out well on the insurance, but somebody probably got a bargain at the auction.
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As you later posted the "kid" is 15, he is really old enough to take responsibility for his actions. Think about the fact that this is your son's friend....unlikely to be a very good influence on your son.

If this was your son who stole the bike, what you would want the parents of his friend to do?

I have to wonder about a 15 year old not coming home and were his parents not worried? He probably lied to his parents about where he stayed and how he got there. So whether you like it or not, you are involved.

Somewhere out there is a person who has likely been inconvenienced because their bike was stolen. The longer you mull over what to do, the worse it is for that person.

We raised our kids to let us know their whereabouts and if they were stuck because they missed the bus, they knew they could and should call us.

There is a good chance the bike has been reported stolen and that "kid" has committed a crime....which you know about. The fact that you need to post on EF asking what to do is rather pathetic.

I had my fair share of shenigans when I was young. Had I cut off off everyone who ever did anything silly, I would have 0 friends. I'm not raising my son to be a monk, and neither am I one. I just want the bike returned to the rightful owner.
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

Did you speak to the parents? In the same position I would want to know my child had done something.

Personally I would hesitate to involve the police and risk the kid getting a record which taints him for years afterwards for what might have been a moment of madness - and let the family deal with it. But I would also advise your son to give this kid a wide berth if he does not improve.

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If the owner will claim insurance, then I imagine a police report is necessary, so they would be accustomed to hearing about it.

I just reprimanded the kid. He promised he would return it tomorrow after school. I'm thinking this 15 year old probably just heard me say, "Blah, blah, blah" over the phone, and I wouldn't even know if he really does return tomorrow. Maybe I should insist he return it to the police. I'd rather have him learn something from this than to get off scot-free, yet I wouldn't want him to get into permanent trouble.

I know, maybe I tell him we have to chop off one of his hands. Just kidding. He's too old to believe that anyway.
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Did you speak to the parents? In the same position I would want to know my child had done something.

Personally I would hesitate to involve the police and risk the kid getting a record which taints him for years afterwards for what might have been a moment of madness - and let the family deal with it. But I would also advise your son to give this kid a wide berth if he does not improve.

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No, not yet. I thought I'd give him a chance to turn a theft into a borrow, by this evening. Barring that, I am turning him in to his parents.
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Re: Returning a stolen bike

Actually, my question is if there is a way of finding the owner of the bike, through the vignette number.
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charming. when under pressure: turn rat.
Which is why I offered an alternative. Don't be so frigging judgemental.
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