We are all used to seeing 'STOLEN- xyz' threads popping up every other day where someone's pride and joy has been robbed in one way or another.
Very few make their way back to the original owner, but some occasionally do.
The details are vague, but apparently 'someone' became aware of the whereabouts of a friends bike that was stolen several years ago.
Once the bike was positively id'd by the original owner/theft victim it was 'released' back in to their possession.
The police were not involved because they have proven to be utterly useless twice before in similar circumstances despite overwhelming proof of ownership.