- I've bought a stolen bike. Now what?
I’d expect them to prove it was indeed stolen with a frame number or photo’s from the original owner or something
Else I could pick a newly listed bike off of ebay report “my bike” as stolen, wait for it to sell, then point out the listing to the police and ask them to get it back for me. I’m sure this is not the case, but I’d still expect some proof from the police. I’d expect to know what was happening with regards the person that sold it to you as you are now a victim of their crime(s).
If you’ve put new bits on I’d swap them back to the state you purchased the bike in if you can.Posted 4 years ago
Start a paypal dispute and give all the details you have on the seller to the police.
I can’t start a dispute; it outside 45 days.
Ebay have given Plod the detail of the geezer I bought it from.
What Plod don’t seem to have is any detail tying the bike in my garage to one that was stolen.
I think it used to be called ‘proof’Posted 4 years agoasterixMember
I think you are right to expect evidence that links the bike in your garage to the person claiming to be the rightful owner (e.g can he produce a receipt and a record of the frame number?). If not then tough…
give all the details you have on the seller to the police
yes – make it clear to the police you want them to pursue the seller for selling stolen goods / fraudPosted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
I had a car stolen once. after about 6-7 weeks it was found by the police and I went to pick it up. Did feel quite sorry for the poor sod that had unwittingly bought it. I assume he was the forlorn looking fella staring out of the bedroom window as I drove off in ‘his’ new car.
The gist of it is that once proven that it’s the same bike as stolen from the original owner you’ll need to hand it back, any losses you’ve incurred will be down to you to try and recoup.Posted 4 years ago
Bizarre tale, but here goes.
I bought a cheapo bike as a commuter from eBay about 2 months ago. I’ve fixed it up and used it a few times. Today the Police came calling; they were there to seize the bike I bought on eBay as it was stolen.
However, they did not have any details (Make, model) nor frame number. So I sent them away. They were acting for another force and they asked me to speak to them. I called them and the case officer is not around until Wednesday. Great.
So I’ve contacted Fleabay to ask if I have to give up the bike, can I get a refund? They say it’s outside ‘buyer protection’ limits of 45 days and I can go whistle. Now Ebay have cheerfully passed on my details to Plod and are now shrugging their shoulders.
What can I do if the Police come back? Can I get a refund?Posted 4 years agomuppetWranglerMember
well that’s the bit I put about pursuing the seller. It probably wont be easy or quick though
In all honesty I doubt it will be fruitful. How much are you out of pocket? It might just be a case of learning from it and moving on if it’s not too great an amount of cash.
The other complication is that I believe that possession of stolen goods is still a criminal offence regardless of how you came to be in possession of them.Posted 4 years agoDufferMember
It might just be a case of learning from it and moving on
I’m not sure what lessons can be drawn from the situation; the buyer did nothing wrong, and there was no way of knowing it was stolen. However, i fear you may be right – chalk one up to experience and write it off as a bad job.
Best of luck.Posted 4 years ago
The other complication is that I believe that possession of stolen goods is still a criminal offence regardless of how you came to be in possession of them.
It needs to be proven that you “know” or “believe” them to be stolen goods for it to be a criminal offence.
if it is proven stolen, then Ebay and PP must be guilty of handling stolen goods.
When were eBay or Paypal in possession of the stolen bike ?Posted 4 years agotymbianMember
OP..don’t tell the police it’s been stolen again..especially after posting on a forum about what you should/ can do. There was a chap sentenced this week after asking/ posting on a forum about how to ‘ get off ‘ receiving points on his licence.
Oh..and it’s morally wrong.Posted 4 years agochipMember
If the bike was insured and they have paid out, then the bike would be the property of said insurance company.
Maybe they would sell you it cheap.
Also I would definitely look at finding out exactly where I stood legally as far as eBay is concerned.Posted 4 years ago
But at the end of the day if it was your bike that was stolen you would want it back and Rightly so.
Yep, eBay have helped the Police fully, which is the right thing to do.
When it comes to helping me, they are a bit more reluctant. They claim the best bet is to approach my bank and use the Direct Debit indemnity to get my money back form Paypal.
That’s if they can prove I have a stolen bike. They need to do a bit more than say someone recognizes it from an advert.Posted 4 years agojedimindtricksMember
Ebay couldn’t care less as long as they are earning out of it.
Hit the nail on the head there. They don’t give two flying Ducks about whether its stolen or not, as long as it sells, they make their 20% and they take no responsibility. I bought a stolen bike off ebay and paid via bank transfer, all of the details of the POS seller were false and ebay said nothing I could do because I didnt use PP…
I hate Ebay/Paypal with a passion and wish a hacker would go in to Ebay and ruin them..
Anyway, Rant over..
Its unlucky but it happens, you need to get hand written proof of sale even when buying off ebay, and get a photo of their ID and have the receipt signed etc etc.. This is the only thing the police said to me, get physical proof of sale.Posted 4 years ago
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