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A friend of a friend had his exotic and unusual bicycle stolen. It was unusual enough that when he posted to a local bicyclists' list someone spotted it for sale at a... street market, for lack of a better name - a place where stolen stuff gets sold for cash. The seller/thief was stupid enough to give his address and phone number to the spotter, because he told him he didn't have enough cash on him.

So, the owner of the bike calls the police and tells them his $1,500 bike was stolen, he knows who stole it, he has the guy's address and phone number, and it's easy to identify because of x, y, and z.

They tell him, "I'm sorry sir, there's nothing we can do, we don't have the resources to dedicate to things like that."

??? It was a no-brainer! An easy catch. They'd just have to knock on the door and put cuffs on the guy. He'd probably get out on probation and not do time, but the owner would get his bike back and the thief would probably spend a night in jail, get booked, and probably go to trial.

Yet, they have plenty of resources for "Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"

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