Victim takes part in San Francisco police sting, wins back bicycle

A San Jose man took part in a San Francisco Police Department sting to win back his bicycle on Friday.

The 27-year-old victim told cops that his $1,200 bicycle was stolen from Pier 39 on Oct. 23, police at Park Station said.

Later, he saw his bike for sale online and arranged to buy it, police said. The victim contacted police and plainclothes officers accompanied him to buy the bike back.

Police then detained the seller in the 1300 block of Hayes Street around 7 p.m. Friday. The man told police that he had bought the bike himself on Craigslist two days earlier and didn’t know that it was stolen, cops said.

The officers did not arrest the man and are forwarding the case to the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed, police said.

The bicycle was returned to the victim.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

Bay City News contributed to this report.

This article was corrected on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. The article originally said the seller of the bike was arrested. The seller was not arrested.

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