Thieves in Unterhaching!

Now it’s official: there is crime in the small village of Unterhaching in Germany, that nice suburban community south of Munich!

Yesterday, some arse stole Petra’s old, rusty bike, the one that we are using as “Express Bike” to just get to the suburban train quickly, to make some purchases at the local grocery, or to bring a letter to the post office. On a Sunday afternoon (the bike was still present at 2 pm), that moron came along and just took the bike. At 7 pm we noticed that it was gone. Incredible! While Petra admits that she did not lock the bike when she returned from the grocery on Saturday, it still takes criminal intent to just step into a front yard and steal a bike that clearly is not yours.

The only positive thought is that the thief will probably not be very happy with the bike, not very happy at all: The tires can not keep the pressure, the brakes are producing a loud screeeeching sound but do not work very well, the gear change is broken, and there are no working lights! Still – for us it was a convenient way to get around the village during the day, also thanks to the fantastic bike basket that was attached to the rock solid Topeak MTX Godzilla carrier. I miss the bike already, and it’s a terrible thought that the thief will probably just throw it to the boardwalk somewhere when he realizes that the bike was a bad choice.

What really concerns me is the fact that crime has now crept into our peaceful village, and -worse!- into our quiet neighborhood.

What a sad, sick society we live in!


12/12/2009: Our front yard with Petra’s old, trusted, rusty bike.
Mark Zanzig


Today: Our front yard without Petra’s old, trusted, rusty bike.
Mark Zanzig

One Response to “Thieves in Unterhaching!”

  1. mike robinson says:

    Hi Mark,

    I was searching for pics of Lerici in Italy and came across your blog. I just read the stolen bike story and have found the perfect T-shirt for you on a site called threadless.com. The t-shirt is called MISSING. Check it out. The shirt say’s it all!

    I live in NYC and just bought one for a neighbor who’s bike was stolen in front of her shop in broad daylight.

    Thanks,
    Mike