Every bicycle commuter who has ever fantasized about getting sweet video revenge on a bike thief should watch the eight minutes of footage that Portland's Jake Gillum uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon.
Gillum's $2,500 2009 Fuji road bike was stolen from on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 36th Avenue on Aug. 3. Four days later, it popped up on Craigslist – in Seattle.
Accompanied by a group of friends ready to make a citizens arrest and record the encounter for the ages, Gillum drove 160 miles to set a trap for the person selling his stolen ride.
There's a chase. The Seattle police get involved. And there's an arrest.
Warning: Gillum, his buddies and the guy selling the stolen bicycle sling some mighty profanity. Not for delicate ears.
Gillum, a 28-year-old graduate student, also told Digital Trends how he used the Burner iPhone app to trick the thief into thinking he was calling from a Seattle area code, so as not to raise suspicion when his "503" area code popped up on caller ID.
The video comes less than a week after the wild "Raiders of the Lost Bike" tale of complete strangers using social media to help a San Francisco man track down his bike in Portland – six years after it was stolen!
Alas, there are hundreds of stolen bicycles in Bike City U.S.A. that will probably never be reunited with their owners.
Bottom line: Bike thieves stink.