One bike recovered, one still missing - How Torbens wife's stolen bike was recovered! - Vault Protected

One bike recovered, one still missing - How Torbens wife's stolen bike was recovered!

August 07, 2021 By Brad Kellas 5938 Recovered Stolen Bike


On 5 January 2021, in preparation for a trail ride, Torben secured both his Yeti and his wife's Juliana mountain bike to his bike rack, fitted to his car parked outside his house in Albert Park, Victoria.

Whilst inside his house for a short time a cunning opportunist thief struck, cutting the lock and stealing both bikes.   

Devastated to find his two missing bikes and not wanting to give up hope, Torben reported the theft to the police.   The police then referred him to also report them stolen to BikeVAULT.

Six months later, Detectives investigating an unrelated matter executed a search warrant at premises in Melbournes West and located three bikes suspected of being stolen, one of which was the Juliana.

How the stolen Juliana was identified

After conducting a quick search of the BikeVAULT’s stolen listings, the police struck out finding a match for two of the bikes. They were still hopeful though that they could return one when they found the matching Julianna stolen report on BikeVAULT.  

The police then contacted the BikeVAULT admin team, seeking assistance in identifying the bike, which had its frame serial number label removed.  Fortunately,  detailed description of marks and scratches, as well as some non-standard parts and accessories fitted to the bike, proved helpful in proving ownership. Torben provided these descriptions in detail when he made the initial report.

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Confident the bike was conclusively identified and belonged to Torben, the police then made arrangements for the bike to be collected from the Broadmeadows police station.  

Torben collecting his wifes stolen bike from the Broadmeadows Police Station

From Torben....

Our two, high-end mountain bikes got stolen from our car, in front of our house in Albert Park, January 2021. Thanks to their highly recognizable, custom-built we were pretty confident that they will show up again eventually. 

In May 2021 that was exactly the case for my wife's cream-yellow Juliana Furtado. Victoria Police recovered it in a garage in a western Melbourne suburb. The bike looked way to expensive for the scenery and got the Police suspicious. A quick check of the BikeVAULT database provided by PropertyVAULT, cleared that the bike was stolen, and my wife is the legal owner. Thanks a lot to the work of Victoria Police and PropertyVAULT. One bike recovered, one still missing. Still confident to find the second one too!

One bike still missing

Keep a lookout for Torbens still missing Yeti Mountain Bike.  If you have any information that may assist the police in recovering the Yeti, get in touch via the "MAKE A REPORT" tab on the stolen post. 

Yeti SB 150 - PV 23834 - Click here to learn more

Stolen Yeti SB 150 reported stolen on BikeVAULT

Help find the owners of the further two suspected stolen bikes

The investigating police are seeking assistance from the cycling community to identify the owners of the two bikes below.  If you know anyone missing a Cannondale or a Specialized S-Works mountain bike, refer them to the Owner Wanted reports on BikeVAULT, where they can submit an online claim of ownership.

Cannondale - PV 45173 - Click here to learn more

Owner Wanted - Cannondale MTB reported on PropertyVAULT

Specialized S-Works - PV 45172 - Click here to learn more 

Owner Wanted Specialized S-Works MTB reported on PropertyVAULT

Upwards of 30,000 bikes are stolen each year in Australia with very few recovered!

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A few happy former bike theft victims that BikeVAULT has helped!

Go to the PropertyVAULT News Page to read a sampling of 700 plus stolen bike recoveries that BikeVAULT has aided victims and police with over the past 6 years.  

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