Woman steals bike back from Craigslist seller

Kayla Smith, crime fighter. (Image posted by Smith on imgur)

Kayla Smith, crime fighter. (Image posted by Smith on imgur)

Buying stuff on Craigslist can be scarier than being forcibly twerked by Miley Cyrus on national television.

This is especially true if the person you have arranged to meet is selling something of yours that has been recently stolen.

But fear didn’t stop a plucky Vancouver woman from meeting an alleged thief and pedaling her stolen bike back home.

The Globe and Mail reports Kayla Smith took the law into her own hands after seeing her almost new bike for sale on Craigslist. She met the seller in a McDonald’s parking lot and asked for a test drive.

“Don’t ride away,” the seller said.

Though terrified, she hopped on her $1,000 bike and kept pedaling until she left “the dumbfounded seller in the dust.”

She jubilantly posted her story on Facebook and Reddit, but says she “got a lot of flack” for not letting police handle it.

Vancouver police say they are glad Smith got her bike back, but finding the seller and making criminal charges stick will now be more difficult.

Cyclists, however, say police don’t take bike thefts seriously and rarely recover anything stolen.

It shouldn’t be too hard for police to find the thief. Smith, a 33-year-old bartender who wants to one day be rich enough to travel the world and perform splits on bars, said the guy selling her bike had plenty more listed for sale. And several iPhones too.

Once she was home, she called him back up to “apologize for not sticking around to pay for the bike you [bleeping] stole from me!”

“It was amazing to get my bike back,” said Smith on Reddit. “For those of you [who] ripped me apart [on Facebook]; you can kiss my [bleep].”

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August 27th, 2013
7:35 am

Pretty ballsy move, but glad she got her bike back… my guess is that she may need it to pedal from job to job in the future, seeing as her life dreams are so realistic: “Smith, a 33-year-old bartender who wants to one day be rich enough to travel the world and perform splits on bars…” (REALLY?)


August 27th, 2013
8:17 am

This is a moving and inspirational story. It reminds me of Pee Wee Herman who traveled extensive distances and even to the basement of the Alamo seeking to retrieve his stolen bike. In the end, Pee Wee also was able to reunite with his beloved bike and again perform tricks (”I meant to do that.”) Another happy ending as Ms. Smith continues to ride the streets of Vancover while doing splits on her bike.

Hand Full of Spades

August 27th, 2013
8:22 am

Interesting story, I need to go on craigslist and see if the person who stole my priceless VCR is selling it….


August 27th, 2013
8:33 am

Good on her. These days it seems like the cops aren’t interested in anything other than raiding the homes of the elderly, shooting family dogs, harassing citizens, and setting up speed traps. Expect to see more citizens taking the law into their own hands, as the police are completely unwilling to stop real criminals.

gtalum06: The difference between you and her is that she’ll be able to actually realize her dreams.


August 27th, 2013
8:49 am

Lesson here is if you’re going to sell stolen items on Craigslist, don’t sell them in the same neighborhoods that you stole them from.


August 27th, 2013
8:50 am

She should have been packing during the meeting at McD’s…and shot his sorry arse.


August 27th, 2013
9:30 am

Good for her. I would have been carrying just in case…


August 27th, 2013
9:45 am

Good for her. That is something that I would do. Sometimes we have to take matters in our own hands.


August 27th, 2013
9:57 am

Bike seats make me sore.
I’m hoping the thief is dumb enough to call the police to report his bike stolen. I also hope the Vancouver police aren’t stupid enough to arrest her for stealing her own bike back if the thief reports it stolen.

Miss Obvious

August 27th, 2013
9:59 am

Ever notice how in stories about crimes such as this one, the AJC always declines to provide an ethnic description of the alleged criminals to assist the public in being on the lookout for them WHEN those persons belong to one (1) specific group?

Another recent example involves the two Trayvon-resembling teenage males who beat an elderly World War II Veteran to death last week near Spokane, Washington. Every other state and national news organization carrying the story provided a full description of the teens and the ethnicity of each, while many even included street camera surveillance video of the hoodlums, but the AJC’s version of the same story (on the same day) blatantly included neither.

Can you guess why?


August 27th, 2013
10:04 am

I agree with Phil.


August 27th, 2013
10:23 am

Miss Obvious, the racial make-up of Vancouver makes your assumption very unlikely to be true. Let us all know when you solve all the crimes in the Pacific Northwest.


August 27th, 2013
11:02 am

Miss Obvious:

Racial profiling is a form of prejudice, and prejudice is against Jesus.
I pray that He changes your heart and makes you a better person.

gadem also known as Benghazi

August 27th, 2013
11:09 am

if that’s her in the picture, I would’ve purchased her a brand new bike….

gadem also known as Benghazi

August 27th, 2013
11:10 am

Miss Obvious is now known as Miss Oblivious….

Steve the Canuck

August 27th, 2013
11:15 am

I live in Vancouver, and for those who say she should be packing a gun, this is CANADA, and very few of use have guns, by choice. Yes, she should have called the police, but having a gun is just asking for trouble.


August 27th, 2013
11:16 am

The world needs more Kayla Smiths, people who are willing to stand up for themselves instead of floating along in some dreamworld delusion that the government (police) will always take care of them.

Government versus private

August 27th, 2013
11:27 am

If an employee of a private company was running a similar website calling for a race war he would be fired and be lucky to ever find another job. A government employee however gets a paid vacation. Frankly I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reverend Al Sharpton coming to this guys assistance and even getting him a top job in the current administration. For those who aren’t scared enough by this guy and his position in government, he is also responsible for some of the recent multi-billion count ammunition purchases made by the DHS. I know I feel safe having these folks in government.


August 27th, 2013
11:39 am



August 27th, 2013
12:12 pm

Miss Obvious — How can the AJC provide details on race, when 1) This happened in Canada 2) The woman who got her bike back never mentioned race to any interviewer.


August 27th, 2013
1:07 pm

Miss Obvious – you’re really stretching to make this a story about the AJC’s failure to report the race of the thief. How the hell is the AJC supposed to know? The story was initially reported by the Globe and Mail.


August 27th, 2013
1:25 pm

@Simone: LOL @ your comment. Brilliant!


August 27th, 2013
2:23 pm

She was DUMB for using her own phone to do the transaction and call him back afterward. She’s assuming there will be no repercussions from this? Hopefully not, but stupid for assuming. She could have easily set up a sting with a detectives help and possibly saved others from the same fate.


August 27th, 2013
3:42 pm

That’s so cool. And the cops still could have arrested the thief, with the victim’s ID of him. sounds like the canadian cops don’t really care to catch bike thieves up there.

good work by the victim. too bad she didn’t get video on her cell phone of the seller. always good to have some backup friend videotaping the recovery.


August 27th, 2013
4:10 pm

Oh, Miss Obvious. Do you really care about the ethnicity of the person who is robbing you? Does it really make a difference? Is it possible that you really just want an excuse to make a racist comment and somehow feel justified? You are a sad one.


August 27th, 2013
4:24 pm

If you think Jesse`s story is amazing,, four weeks ago my girlfriend’s half sister basically also made $5206 grafting a ninteen hour week at home and the’re buddy’s step-sister`s neighbour done this for 5 months and easily made more than $5206 part-time from their laptop. follow the instructions available here……………. http://WWW.YAD7>COM


August 27th, 2013
4:37 pm

Miss Obvious is upset she can’t make “0bama” jokes. Why are all racists’ “O” keys broken?


August 27th, 2013
5:24 pm

At Least she did not end up like OJ! The first Black Man in America, who was sent to Prison for years for trying to steal his own personal belongings.


August 27th, 2013
6:53 pm

Miss Obvious:

Have you been to Vancouver? I’ve been to Vancouver. Judging by the racial makeup of most of the people I encountered in Vancouver, your race baiting comment makes no sense. Save it for another news article.