Crush of bicycles
M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

A Madison bicyclist who had her ride stolen from her residence was able to get it back when the thief listed it online and the woman called police to go with her when she went to buy her bike back.

The man arrested refused to give his name to police so he's being referred to as John Doe, Madison police said.

Doe was tentatively charged with receiving stolen property and obstructing a police officer.

The 23-year-old victim had her Trek bicycle valued at $700 stolen recently, then she spotted it listed for sale for $175 on Craigslist.

"She arranged to meet the seller near Library Mall Monday evening," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "She then called police who were in position when the suspect arrived with the stolen bike."

When the suspect, a man in his 50s, was asked questions, he refused to answer, not even giving his name.

"Officers mostly got a blank stare from him," DeSpain said. "He said something about having the right to remain silent."

The suspect allegedly had a laptop, and some tools that police believe could be used to cut bike locks, in his back pack.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.