Central Michigan Life – CMU alumna reunites with bike 4 years after it was stolen
Within the strategy of shifting to Franklin Village Residences in the summertime of 2016, Kelsey Cavazos misplaced her bike lock. By the point she purchased a brand new one, it was too late.
Her teal Diamondback bicycle had disappeared.
“I used to be type of mad at myself for not locking up (my bike) sooner,” she stated. “(I believed to myself,) ‘effectively, I ought to have anticipated it.'”
Cavazos obtained her bike for Christmas when she was 14 years outdated. She cherished it for 8 years earlier than it was stolen.
Cavazos by no means bothered to report the incident. She graduated from CMU in December 2016, by no means anticipating to see her bike once more.
After 4 bike-less years, Cavazos obtained a voicemail from the Central Michigan College Police Division asking a few bike she had registered on campus.
“I used to be like, ‘that’s very unusual, it’s been a extremely very long time since I’ve seen that bike,’ so I instantly known as them again,” Cavazos stated. “They advised me they’d discovered it, and I used to be completely shocked.”
Cavazos was reunited along with her bike Sept. 4 on the CMU police division.
“(Going to the police division) was very surreal,” she stated. “I stored considering it was a mistake, however then they confirmed me my bike, and I used to be like, ‘that’s 100% my bike.’ I by no means thought it was actual till I had it again.”
Throughout the 4 years her bike was lacking, Cavazos by no means bought a brand new one. After she graduated and moved to Jackson for work as a graphic designer, the necessity simply wasn’t there.
Her bike appeared to return at precisely the precise time. Cavazos is within the strategy of shifting from Jackson to Ann Arbor, a bicycle-friendly metropolis.
She stated just lately she thought of shopping for a brand new bike and puzzled what had occurred to her bike solely a “week or so” earlier than CMUPD known as her.
“I at all times assumed it was offered, I figured it was lengthy gone,” Cavazos stated. “And that’s a part of why I by no means reported it both as a result of it was a pleasant bike, and I figured I might by no means see it once more. And right here we’re. It’s unusual to seek out out (the thief) was simply using (my bike) round.”
As for the state of the bike, Cavazos stated the brakes have to be mounted, however in any other case, it is in good situation. The one different change, Cavazos famous, was that the bike now has a basket, which she plans on changing.
After she takes her bike in for repairs, Cavazos stated she’s wanting ahead to using round and exploring Ann Arbor.
Her recommendation to CMU college students? Cavazos recommends the U-shaped bike locks.
“I might say undoubtedly register your bike with CMUPD as a result of that is precisely what discovered my bike,” she stated, rapidly including, “And ensure to at all times lock (your bike) up.”
The identical day Cavazos retrieved her bike, CMUPD arrested a 26-year-old male linked to 5 completely different bicycle larcenies. Along with Cavazos’ bike, CMUPD recovered:
- A motorcycle that was reported stolen on Aug. 19 outdoors of Calkins Corridor
- A tire rim that was reported stolen off a motorbike on Aug. 28
- A motorcycle that was reported stolen on Sept. 2 outdoors of Larzelere Corridor
- A $1,200 bike that was doubtless stolen however has no stories associated to it