We reported way back on August 6th that this beautiful one-off Intense Carbine was stolen from the FSA display at the Brentwood Criterium race in Brentwood, California. Thanks to the detective work of FSA's Ivan Harms, a sharped-eyed employee of Bicycle Johns
in Burbank and the Los Angeles Police Department, the bike has been returned and a man suspected of possession of stolen property is in cuffs.
Since the bike was stolen (it had never been ridden and did not have working brakes), Ivan has been reminding bike shops in the Los Angeles area to watch for the bike. A guy came into Bicycle Johns in Burbank asking to have the brakes fixed and the service department had a good suspicion that it was Ivan's stolen bike. They made an appointment for the guy to bring the bike in and notified Ivan.
The guy didn't show but Ivan staked out the area around Bicycle Johns and saw his prized possession being pushed down the street. He called 911. "I told 911 that I wasn't going to lose that bike again and I was prepared to stop the guy myself," explained Ivan. "They told me an officer was on the way and to follow the guy, but don't stop him. It was hard. I just wanted my bike back."
Officers arrived and stopped the man with the bike. Ivan joined the fun with documentation on the bike. The guy's story changed a few times and he was fitted with a shiny set of matching handcuffs. The police returned the bike to Ivan.
A happy ending to what started out as a bad story.