Cape Coral man recovers stolen antique bike

Posted at 10:47 PM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 07:42:37-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Cape man recovered his rare, antique bicycle which was stolen earlier this month, Sunday; but the thieves who took it are still on the loose.

David Johnson described his 1950's original Schwinn Heavy-duty Beach Cruiser to 4 In Your Corner, and his dismay when it was stolen right off his front porch. "It's one of a kind, really. I can't imagine there are too many left in the country. It's 1954, all original, so it's worth whatever someone's willing to pay," he said. "Every day since it's been gone, I've been looking on Craigslist for it and every time something pops up that slightly resembles it, I get this stomach ache."

Sunday afternoon, Johnson spotted his bike, while a teen was riding by his home, the very place it was stolen from. He immediately recognized his bicycle, and told the teen to stop. However, the teen peddled away rapidly. That's when Johnson ran after the teen and got him off the bike. The teen then proceeded to jump into a silver Saturn-like sedan he was riding along-side, speeding off with a girl who was in the driver's side. "I don't even know how to explain the possibility and the odds that this kid was on my bike, coming past my house that it was stolen from," Johnson explained. "He had every opportunity to stop and tell me it was his bike, and defend himself, but all he could think about was getting away and getting in that car so he could take off."

Johnson was ecstatic to get his antique bike back. He's not sure what that person was doing riding his bike, or why he was riding it in the neighborhood it was stolen from, but has this message for whoever the thief is: "This is a felony offense, and it's not okay to take people's stuff."

If you have any information regarding this theft, you can leave an anonymous tip to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. You could earn a cash reward for a tip that leads to an arrest.