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Kathryn Lucas's stolen bike wound up on Craigslist -- so she stole it back

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Kathryn Lucas.
Craigslist is a great way to sell stuff, whether it belongs to you or not. But eighteen-year-old Denzel O'Neal Crawford learned the service also gives ballsy crime victims the opportunity to reclaim their property.

That's precisely what Boulder's Kathryn Lucas did with her stolen bicycle.

Lucas told CBS4 she had locked up her Trek road bike outside the Lazy Dog on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, then went inside to watch a game. When she came out, her wheels were missing.

Gone for good? Not quite. Lucas subsequently took a look on Craigslist to see if the bicycle thief was stupid enough to place it there for sale -- and it turns out he was. She soon found a listing for her bike, complete with a photo that allowed her to make a positive ID, and decided to contact the seller while posing as a customer.

Before long, she was at Crawford's place in Westminster. She told him she was interested in the bike, but wanted to give it a test-ride. So she hopped aboard, started pedaling -- and never came back.

Instead, she loaded the bike into her car, drove away and called the law on Crawford. Cops soon showed up, and the Boulder Daily Camera notes that he admitted to stealing the bike, according to the police report.

The story has since gone national, with CBS running the package on its network, and other outlets picking it up. Lucas, meanwhile, has gotten a new bike lock -- one good enough, hopefully, to make detective work like the kind that led to Crawford's arrest unnecessary in the future.

Look below to see Crawford's mug shot as well as the aforementioned CBS4 piece.

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Denzel O'Neal Crawford.

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More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Kevin Gaylor reports Craigslist pal as burglar when girlfriend shows up."


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Alex Picciuolo
Alex Picciuolo

Awesome story. Good going girl! By the way...she didn't "steal it back", she recovered it. Terrible headline.

Nigga
Nigga

nigga stole my bike

Erik Evan Boyer
Erik Evan Boyer

A white guy acting like a complete moron because it's easier than actually thinking or using a brain??  NO. WAY.  

Magik_bus
Magik_bus

I found my stolen bike on C-list and got it back, too. Thanks C-list!

Deep_Blue_090
Deep_Blue_090

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RolloverRiderPGR
RolloverRiderPGR

Hopefully her and the rest of the bike rider crown. Engrave your name and contact info on the bottom of the bike or if it has a serial number put it in that oh so smart phone so you will be 100% certain it's yours and as one poster said it was a good thing it wasn't the poor slob that had already bought it. At least the serial number, her name scribed on the frame and even the bill of sale which because it IS a high dollar item should be kept for just such an occasion will get it from the "new" owner when the thing goes to trial.

Now for those of you all over Michal T's arse give up and quit trying to prove you don't have a predijuce bone in your bodies because you voted a certain way and are trying to prove you aren't a racist! Do any of you in your oh so Holiness think he'll change his mind? Doubtful but  and calling him out most of you got your shorts drug over your head by him!

Give up being the PC police. Guaranteed, everyone that scrolled down the page and saw his face said the exact same thing...yep, a black guy and am I not surprised or something like it and don't even come in and say you didn't! Every one of us, no matter what race said the exact same thing even those of the black race! Hey we're all old enough to know the percentages of what and who might have done the theft. It's embedded in us since childhood.  Different content it will be a different race who gets the load of accusations.

The numbers given out by the FBI tell the story as to who does what crimes in what zip codes and yada,yada,yada.

He stated nothing but a fact! Most Politically Incorrect being slapped in the face with the truth like Michal T did. You all screamed the loudest.

Again, quit trying to prove you aren't a racist by screaming crap at someone who reads these words of wit and laughs at you after giving you an internet wedgie. Life goes on and dear Mr. Crawford is where he prefers to live. In jail with many men so he can be Bubbas BFF. If he didn't he would not have stolen a bike or done anything against the law. Only those who like jail screw the pooch like that moron did! That's why jails and prisons are so full. Because of the idiots that do something illegal, leave some evidence behind or tell some one who can't keep a secret or post on the internet his stupidity as he did! Just another waste of air the mentally handicapped need to live on!

roy1531
roy1531

hahaha, I would love to hear what the other convicts are telling him in jail!

Heatherbe1978
Heatherbe1978

I'm glad to hear she took it back from the guy who stole it and not some innocent person who happened to buy it.

Shaggy
Shaggy

I can see Fred Sanford looking at him and shaking his head and muttering "Dummy!"

scallywag
scallywag

The moral of the lesson? Invest in a bike chain, preferably a sturdy one in the future or better still try not leaving your bike in an area for too long where it’s likely an unsavory act may soon follow.http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/...

Bruce Edmund Carroll
Bruce Edmund Carroll

what a dumbass!!!!!!!!!!! If you steal someone's stuff and you post it on craigslist, chances are you are going to jail. if you stole a cop's property and the cop sees his stuff that was stolen from him on craigslist, he is gonna set you up in a sting, and bust yo ass and catch ya redhanded and send you to the pokey for the next 5 years or so.

Chixdigme
Chixdigme

Smart thinking on her part. Very stupid on his both stealing and posting the ad. It would have been a Darwin award had it killed him.

Firemarshallbill
Firemarshallbill

lol I love this girl . What's funny is this article got posted in other states and the comments were all, "SHE RODE HER BIKE TO THE BAR?"

Yes Denver, in normal places people do look at you all funny for riding your bikes all over the city while intoxicated all the time. 

Drunk biking is kind of the norm here.

And Michael T is a faggot, dudes that look like Travis Forbes steal everything, not to mention the police. 

Michal T
Michal T

a black guy stealing something??? get out of here!!

Badtastic
Badtastic

Dudes that look like Travis Forbes steal the police!? Scandal!

bluechip
bluechip

My comment to Tim applies to you, also. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Does it hurt to be such a bigoted racist ?

Tim
Tim

Does it feel good to be a self-righteous denier of the obvious?

Big Bronco Dong
Big Bronco Dong

Nothing coming from a KIA like yourself would hurt anyone...

HTH

bluechip
bluechip

70 years ago, your statistics were reversed, so what's your point?  You are just a pitiful person.  Let's not forget about the mothers murdering their innocent children, or the domestic terrorists.  Like I said, you can come up with numbers to try to validate any argument.  You need to stop blaming others for your shortcomings.  You were born that way...live with it!

Erik Evan Boyer
Erik Evan Boyer

A racist douchebag from Phoenix with a penchant for dick measurements.  You're right.  I wouldn't wanna live there. 

Quadrophincl
Quadrophincl

So Jerry Sandusky is Black? Just say Yes or No. 

Tim
Tim

With your own as a frame of reference, it's understandable you would think something small and disgusting was a dick.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

There is no denying your obvious bigotry and racism.

HTH

Tim
Tim

I can see your poorly given example what happened there in Pennsylvania and even staying in that state, say Philly for example show you tens of thousands of crimes by blacks over whites.  As a matter of fact, according to the FBI the chances of a White being the victim of a crime, with the perp being Black is 800 to 1 over the other way.

But that little ole ratio of 800 to 1 doesn't matter to someone who is so intent on being seen as "above those of Mortal Man, It's CAPTAIN MINORITY DEFENDER!"

You are a fool for trying to get your cheap rush of self-righteousness by trotting out tried cliches.  You know the truth and so does everyone else.

bluechip
bluechip

Bill, it looks more like shit to me

bluechip
bluechip

It's also obvious that there are no blacks in the fiasco of the white man accused of raping little boys all over Pennsylvania.  It's also obvious that there were no blacks involved in the cover-up. So, what's your point, asshole. (That is also pretty obvious).  It's very easy for any kind of racist jerk to pick and choose crimes to try to validate their bigotry.

Firemarshallbill
Firemarshallbill

because it will be in about 20 minutes . :-D . Photoshop . 

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