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August 20th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

Alleged bike thief busted in video sting – Bike owner Jake Gillum and friend Shannon Hardie on formulating the elaborate plan

Imagine getting your bike stolen. Most people would maybe file a report with the police, look into getting another one, and leave it at that. But not Portland native Jake Gillum. He came up with an elaborate sting operation to catch the alleged bicycle thief - and they got it all on tape.

Gillum had his $2500 bike stolen earlier this month, and when it turned up in a Seattle Craigslist ad, he and his friends hatched an elaborate plan: Create a fake online persona and then traveling 160 miles to confront the alleged thief in person. After alerting police, Gillum chased the suspect down on his stolen bike and caught it all on video.

Once authorities arrived on the scene, the alleged thief was arrested and charged with trafficking stolen property. The three vigilantes posted their video on YouTube, racking up over a million views in just five days.

Jake Gillum talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning about his elaborate plan, along with his friend Shannon Hardie who helped him record the bust.


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  1. Alan N.

    Haven't watched CNN in the early morning for a while, but it's so good to see Soledad back where she belongs; anchoring the prime Morning slot!

    October 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Eric A.

    Dear CNN,

    The coincidence of this story is uncanny as I just recovered my girlfriend's bike on the east coast, in Hoboken, NJ. The way this happened was extremely similar, except I have a bunch of pictures

    August 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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