(CBS4) – When a grown man stole 12-year-old Colin Delormo’s bike from Delormo’s Park Hill garage in 2021, the pre-teen became another unfortunate statistic. His bike was one of 3,740 bikes reported stolen to the Denver Police Department last year.
“It’s kind of disappointing. Now I can’t bike around the neighborhood or to school, ” said Colin.
The mid-morning theft was caught on the Delormo family’s surveillance cameras, which showed an adult male wearing a backpack walk into the garage and grab the bike.
“I had it for two full years,” said Colin.
Although the family offered a reward, they never saw the bike again. According to Denver Police statistics, 3,740 bikes were reported stolen in 2021 and only 119 were recovered. The numbers are even bleaker for this year, through May 3rd, only 20 bikes or 3.3% of bikes reported stolen in Denver had been recovered.
Some bike enthusiasts have had enough and have been fighting back.
In Fort Collins, cycling activist Dan Porter, who runs a cycling-oriented website , has now ‘repossessed’ two stolen bikes in the last two years. The first was when a full suspension Pivot mountain bike was spotted in Loveland. The $8,000 dollar bike was leaning against a camper. Porter grabbed the bike and rode away.“Admittedly, it was a crazy thing to do,” said Porter.But he said it was worthwhile when he was able to track down the rightful owner and return the bike.The second time, Porter spotted a stolen bike in Fort Collins.“I just decided to grab it […]