Your story is incredible. Your story telling is impeccable. I loved it. If it were a book it would be a page turner for sure. Thank you.
FOBofSC - me too!
"In South Carolina, bike theft is treated as a misdemeanor, and when the value of the bike is less than $2,000, penalties are capped at $1,000 or 30 days in jail."
The reality, punishment is negligible. I've had multiple bikes stolen over the years, if & when the thief is caught, the consequences are geared towards funding the court system with fine money not compensating the victim.
I have yet to be reimbursed for a stolen bike. One thief had charges dismissed even though his DL was on file with Money Man Pawn as the seller/owner the day of the theft. NOTE: The bike was never identified by police in the pawn records during the course of regular investigations.
Another more recent theft (2 bikes) caught on video resulted in the thief's apprehension, and a short incarceration with personal recognizance release(twice) even with unrelated felony charges pending trial. He was never interviewed by police, bikes were never recovered, he was found guilty on both a misdemeanor & a felony charge but released with 'time served' and 2 yrs. probation. The courts have ordered restitution, but to date no funds have been received. The City court has issued a bench warrant for his arrest but the probation office will not enforce said order.
I've tried for years to have the Charleston police co-ordinate a bike registering event with the Neighborhood Association to no avail. Special thanks to Daniel for taking the time to see that bikes are registered and serial #'s recorded.
Registering your bike is a first step, but until the courts take theft seriously, expect more stolen bikes.
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