Thief sells bikes on auction site and then steals them

Thief sells bikes on auction site and then steals them

TOKYO —

Since the early days of the Internet, online shopping has been fraught with deceit. And, despite the hard work of many companies, there’s still a lot of trepidation when bidding in Internet auctions. Inevitably, anyone is bound to wonder: “Will they really send the goods?” “Are the pictures accurate?” “Are these beautiful bicycles actually soon-to-be stolen items?”

That’s right, we said “soon-to-be-stolen,” not “stolen!”

This is one story where you at least have to admire the criminal’s audacity. It seems that the bicycle in the picture, which was listed on Yahoo! Auction, is stolen property, which isn’t particularly newsworthy, however scummy it may be. What is newsworthy, though, is that the criminal took the photograph several days before actually stealing anything.

The bicycle rightfully belongs to Hiroshi Tamura, editor-in-chief of two specialty cycling magazines. On June 17, around midnight, his wife spotted someone running away with bicycles from Tamura’s garage and called the police. Officers soon arrived on the scene and confirmed that three bicycles had been stolen, and then left for the day.

Unfortunately for Tamura, the next morning provided an even greater shock. Checking the garage around 7 a.m., he found that six more bicycles had gone missing. The criminal had returned to the scene of the crime (again), broken in (again), and ran off with even more bicycles.

But the story isn’t over yet. It turns out that the bicycles had been put up for sale on Yahoo! Auction five days before the thefts occurred. Which means that this master criminal broke into Tamura’s garage to photograph the bicycles once, put them up for sale, and then came back once more to actually steal them once the bidding was finished.

All nine of the stolen bicycles are of high quality, worth a combined total of 2,200,000 yen. We can only assume that the winning bidders didn’t realize they were buying stolen property. After all, the thief has a nearly 100% positive rating on the auction site, including a very positive comment from the winner of one of the stolen bicycles.

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  • 0

    Yubaru

    And why in the world hasn't the thief been arrested? This is a no-brainer.....oh but wait, it's the keystones at work.

  • 9

    spudman

    This news is over a week old and the guy has been arrested. Other media outlets overseas have ran it since Monday.

  • 0

    badsey3

    After all, the thief has a nearly 100% positive rating on the auction site, including a very positive comment from the winner of one of the stolen bicycles.

    -A new concept in thievery and auction practice.

  • 0

    Virtuoso

    -A new concept in thievery and auction practice.

    Agreed. Isn't the Internet truly wonderful?

  • 0

    FightingViking

    I just KNEW there was a good reason for avoiding auction sites !

  • -1

    DudeDeuce

    Right after my apartment got broken into here and stuff stolen, I was checking Yahoo Auction too for things that may turn up. It was only a hunch.

    A smart thief would have stolen the bicycles, held them for awhile, then sold them individually over a long period of time. If 9 bicycles are stolen then listed all at the same time, it is suicide.

  • -1

    lucabrasi

    his wife spotted someone running away with bicycles from Tamura’s garage

    I can't picyure anyone "running away" with "bicycles" (plural). How did he do that?

  • 0

    billyshears

    I

    can't picyure anyone "running away" with "bicycles" (plural). How did he do that?

    Those expensive bicycles are pretty light (less than 10kgs. each) but probably locked, so I guess one over the shoulder and one in each hand! He must have had a vehicle (or lived) nearby.

  • -1

    Goals0

    spudman - I can't any report of the thief being arrested. You sure you got that right?

  • 0

    John Occupythemoon Daly

    I'm in the wrong business...

  • -1

    cramp

    or the wrong country

  • 0

    Lowly

    Incomplete story--

    Was the thief caught? If they have this info of when photos taken, when posted on the net, and records of ppl buying them, we must know if the bikes have been returned? Thief caught?

  • 0

    Get Real

    How does he get around the bicycle registration?

  • 0

    lucabrasi

    No registration till they've been bought.

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