A Canfield prototype was stolen from the back of a vehicle last week in downtown Salt Lake City and is now the only bike of its kind not in Canfield's possession. There have now been two likely sightings, the second of which is described below. This story has been updated to include the most recent information from Canfield.
|CONFIRMED SIGHTING: Evening of April 4, leaning on a tree in front of apartments on Southside of 7-Eleven on 100 south & 300 east in downtown SLC. Person who spotted it was certain it was the Green Tilt. Called cops who did not respond for over an hour. Eventually attempted to confront and retrieve the bike when someone started to ride away with it, but was outnumbered by suspect and friends. Suspect described as 20-something male, short (approx. 5’5”) dark skin, shaggy black hair, baggy clothes, unkempt appearance.—Canfield Bikes|
The pre-production 'goblin green' Tilt was set up as a 29/27.5 mullet with EXT Suspension and Canfield cranks, pedals, and saddle. It was stolen when EXT Suspension's USA distributor had the bike for suspension testing and tuning.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Canfield Bikes and EXT-USA.Canfield Bikes:
(801) 548-2556 email@example.comEXT-USA:
(213) 973-3709 firstname.lastname@example.orgSuspension Syndicate:
(601) 884-1158 email@example.com
The press release is available here
and is copied below.
Full press release from Canfield Bikes:
A one-of-a-kind Canfield Bikes prototype was stolen at approximately 6:45 a.m. in Salt Lake City from the back of a vehicle on the block of 100 E 400 S in downtown.
The bike was a pre-production Goblin Green Canfield Tilt, size medium, with a very unique build including EXT suspension front and rear with custom color-matched green decals, Canfield cranks, pedals and saddle. The bike was set up as a "mullet" with a 29-inch front wheel and 27.5 rear wheel.
Production versions of the bike have not yet been shipped to customers, so this bike is the only one of its kind not in Canfield's possession at this time.
As a prototype, it does not have a serial number and the "Tilt" and skully logos on the toptube are black surface apply decals. Production Tilts in this color will have white decals sealed beneath the clear coat. The bike has other unique features that will allow Canfield to easily distinguish it from production bikes.
The prototype was in possession of SLC-based EXT-USA, US distributor for EXT Suspension, for testing and shock tuning as part of a partnership between Canfield Bikes and EXT-USA.
The bike was locked to a bike rack on an EXT-USA employee's vehicle at the time of theft while the employee was inside a local business. The lock was destroyed by the thief.
Local authorities have been notified.
Anyone with information is asked to immediately contact Canfield Bikes and EXT-USA.
If the cops take an hour to show, you might be screwed. Luckily when I called the cops they only took 15 minutes each time. I managed to recover 4 bikes this way:
1) Phone cops. 2) Stall the perp (I don't know if could stretch this out an hour, but half hour at least would be easy), eventually tell them "you are in possession of stolen property". 3) When the cops show up tell them the perp was told that they are in possession of stolen property. Show the cops the burglary report. 4) Watch them get taken away in cuffs.
Cops can't do much, but you can. Cops can't search neighborhoods and classifieds for your bike, when they meet the thief they can't tell them they are in possession of stolen property. Their hands are tied. It's on you. When you call the cops, throw them a softball. "I'm here meeting with the thief from my burglary which was filed and reported and in which thousands of dollars of goods we're stolen, they've been told they are in possession of stolen property, I have the burglary report with me." Etc. They want to make an arrest, close a case. They don't want to chase down a thief to be told "I didn't know it was stolen".
If only they stole the Pole prototype....would have actually done them a favor
CONFIRMED SIGHTING: Evening of April 4, leaning on a tree in front of apartments on Southside of 7-Eleven on 100 south & 300 east in downtown SLC. Person who spotted it was certain it was the Green Tilt. Called cops who did not respond for over an hour. Eventually attempted to confront and retrieve the bike when someone started to ride away with it, but was outnumbered by suspect and friends. Suspect described as 20-something male, short (approx. 5’5”) dark skin, shaggy black hair, baggy clothes, unkempt appearance.
Scummy little shit!!
Lou: Chief, that says Homer J Simpson, youre reading it upside down...
The old sayings still hold true, criminals are usually braindead morons. Surprised he didn't drop his ID when he stole it.
A friend of mine had his custom motorcycle stolen from a bar in Long Beach. Two days later it was located at a house in Pasadena where a couple stoners lived, who probably stole it. He went there with a couple friends of a certain red and white motorcycle club. Within minutes they had the bike back, and before they took off, they left the thieves in the garage with their fingers clamped securely in the vise, haha!
I do remember there was video footage of the theft...... So they were pretty sure. I think... Haha!!
sometimes the more on show, the harder it is to see
It would certainly add cost but would probably be worth it to many for peace of mind. I'm sure thieves would come up with ways to disable it in short order though (directed energy/microwaves, strong magnet?)
They basically make 90% of locks useless.
For situations like this, I wonder if using some clear 100 LB fishing line (like for deep sea fishing)
as a secret backup would frustrate/confuse the thief long enough for you to catch them.
Like the bike version of dragging the dollar away from someone
I have lived in West Valley for the past 12 years and have never had a problem. I had my car stolen 15 years ago when I lived in a nice neighborhood in Holladay. Just proves my point that the people on the west side know that all the good stuff worth stealing is on the east side.
This is just a random thought, doesn’t really add to the value of the comments. Just wanted to let you all know
The problem was, my bike was stolen on the community college campus (jurisdiction of the highway patrol) I had filed the police report with SLC proper thinking that's who had jurisdiction, yet the bike was found in a separate city called South Salt Lake. NONE of the officers from SLC, South Salt Lake, or the highway patrol wanted to get the bike back because the overlapping jurisdictions had left me filing a report not where the bike was actually found..
Finally a lady South Salt Lake police officer got my bike back when she wasn't supposed to. So even if they find this bike, good luck having the police recover it for you
SLC police don't care about bike thieves anyway. Seems like even if they were caught nothing happens to them.
I really don't know how SLC is gonna fight bike theft. Detective claimed that he couldn't send these thieves to jail because they were already overcrowded with COVID and would be released early. I know have an impressive collection of cameras and locks but I don't know if it will be enough.
Uh.....is it a dude with a tan? What a terrible description LOL
You're an awesome company, and with the help of the awesome community, I really hope and strongly believe the bike will make it back into your hands. Keep up the good work Canfield! \m/
The bike looks sick by the way, it just sucks it had to be shared this way.
Cheers, let's get this bike back to it's rightful owner! \m/
I'd assume that the value would be based on other bike models the company produces with similar specs and, potentially, a bit more because of the one off nature.
It is 100% grand theft though.
Side note, I used to always go to the car wash where your bike was spotted. Never saw too much riff raff there, but things could have changed drastically in the 2.5 years since I moved away.
Assuming you've honed in on "short (approx. 5’5”) dark skin, shaggy black hair, baggy clothes, unkempt appearance", that pretty much describes every kid in who was in high school in 90's and had ever looked at a skateboard.
It sounds like it isn't a targeted intellectual property theft, and arguably there are fewer emotional ties to the bike than people/kids who have saved for bikes and had them stolen. All data received so far is logged. It highlights that bikes get nicked but I think we all knew that already.
Go to the 5:44 to see the dude and the bike.
- isn't literacy great?
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