I put up a post the other day because I'm looking for a bicycle. I got the following in response today:
re: craigslisting: bike wanted
Dear fellow Philadelphian,
My blue Panasonic City Bike was stolen from my front railing on Friday July 15. If someone tries to sell it to you PLEASE call the police. Since I filed a report with them I assume they'll contact me if it is my bike that is offered to you. It has broken bottle holder, wires but no pedometer. Don't do anything to put your self at risk, of course, but I also live in Center City and am an active member of our neighborhood Town Watch - so I know the value to a community's entire well-being of sticking together against such "quality of life" crime. Call the 9th District I guess since that is where I reported its theft [phone number deleted].
Best of luck in finding a bike...
[name deleted] (I'm a little concerned about posting my address & phone in this email to you, but as I suggest if you call the cops you'll get the facts and they'll tell me if they recover it with your information. Thanks in advance for being a good city neighbor - this is a great town and we all work to improve life further!)
Wow. Sir, if this is your recovery strategy-- writing to everyone trying to find a bike on Craigslist-- you are going to have a long, strange time of it. I wish you luck in your endeavors.