My friends bike was nicked the other day, and is now on ebay. He says
"We can't identify the bike for sure from the desciption and photo. Some things have been changed (e.g. tyres, seats...) or added (e.g. race club branding on frame) but on the other hand some things that had been changed by my friend are also on the eBay bike (e.g. bottle holder, pedals) or cannot be checked based on the description/photo (e.g. handlebar wrapping tape, handlebar lids)
Overall, they are all things that can easily be added/changed/removed so it is not possible to conclude for sure - and the bike doesn't have any important scratches/problems/unique things.
My friend lost the receipt but we will try to retrieve it from XXXXXXX tomorrow (he bought it there in May05) - do you know if there is a chance they may retrieve it and the serial number?
Then my plan was to call the police to see what can be done. If we don't have a serial number then it's all more complicated but there are a few things which we may be able to recognise.
eBay recommended procedure is that we call the police and that the police calls eBay law enforcement people to decide on what to do.
Do you have any advice on anything (unique things that we could look for on the bike, ways to retrieve the serial number, whether we should go via eBay, police or straight to the guy...)?"
Anyone had experience of this? What's the best thing to do to maximize chances of getting the bike back? There were actually two bikes nicked in the robbery, so they want both back really, not just the one on ebay!