Stolen bikes? Facebook friends to the rescue!




Posted on July 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 11:16 PM

CARROLLTON — Todd Codish knows how to cross the finish line. He's logged more than 300 triathlons and 40 marathons.

Codish now coaches others through his company, Triple Threat Tough.

But early Sunday morning, he noticed that some of his training equipment had disappeared.

"I walked through the yard and noticed our studio door was open," he said.

Codish found that someone had taken four bikes worth more than $20,000 from his Carrollton home, and he interrupted the burglar's work.

"I grabbed this old sawed-off baseball bat and I came here, yelled and hollered," Codish said.

The burglar got away, so Codish and his wife went online. They put out a crime alert on Facebook, asking friends and followers to keep an eye out for the stolen bikes.

The post reached hundreds of people, and 12 hours later, the phone rang.

"I got a call from a guy, and I didn't really know the gentleman," Codish said. "He said, 'I think I found your bikes.'"

The bicycles were being advertised on Craigslist with an asking price of less than $200 each.

One of Codish's friends called the number on the ad, and located the seller.

"We looked the address, and I was like, 'Hey, that's about 100 feet from our house!,'" Codish said.

A neighbor became a suspect. Police arrested Justin Simmons just a few houses down the block.

Simmons put on a big smile for his mug shot, but detectives say the felony charge he's facing is no joke. If convicted, he could get up to 20 years in prison.

As for Codish, he got his bikes back — thanks to his Facebook friends.

"The hero is the community," he said. "The hero is social media."