Almost everyone loves a good dumb criminal story. Everyone except dumb criminals, that is. And according to the Seattle Police Department, a pair of criminals matching that very description were at the center of a strange and somewhat laughable string of events Wednesday that led to their arrest.
Seattle police say a woman looking to sell what's described as a "rare, custom-built" bicycle called a local bike shop earlier this week hoping to attract a buyer. The only problem: the bike was stolen, and the bike shop owner she dialed just happened to be the guy who built it.
Obviously familiar with his own work - which is valued at $6,500 and was taken during a Columbia City burglary earlier this month - the bike shop owner was keen enough to realize the woman was attempting to unload stolen goods, and quick enough on his feet to tell the woman he knew of a potential buyer for her. Police say he took down her number, and then proceeded to call the bike's rightful owner with the information.
The bike's owner called the woman and set up a time and place to meet and seal the deal. He then called police and alerted them to the situation.
Of course, surely to the woman's chagrin, the sale didn't go down.