There's nothing worse than waking up to find your fixed gear bike missing, especially if you need to be somewhere and were hoping to get there without the inconvenience of brakes. Sadly, bike theft plagues Seattle residents every day. It's not just a conceit of neorealist Italian cinema, and it's about time we admitted it, so that the healing can begin.

Luckily, help is on the way. SPD feels your pain, Seattle. And they're doing their part to end the war on bicycles.

Captain Jim Dermody sends us another good news missive detailing the department's latest efforts in this ongoing struggle for justice. Last Thursday, February 10, "an alert resident" on Capitol Hill saw a man prowling the neighborhood just after 5:00 a.m., and called 911. About an hour later, another resident reported seeing "a suspicious person" leaving a neighbor's yard with a bicycle in tow. The suspicious person apparently had the audacity to return, at which point the alert resident yelled at him to go away. But the chain of alert people alerting the world about their suspicions of suspicious activity doesn't stop there.

The good news missive states that:

This alert resident called next door and alerted her neighbor to what had happened and he immediately checked his garage, noticed he had property missing (including a particular brand of bike) and also called 911.

SPD officers were already in the area in response to the first 911 call, and at about 7 a.m., a First Watch Officer "came across a suspect matching the description who was riding a bike [of] the same make and color as the one stolen."

The officer recognized the suspect, the victim recognized the bike, and the would-be bicycle thief was taken into custody, along with a collection of "stolen property to include a stolen laptop computer from a burglary yesterday morning two blocks away (belonging to that victim’s school-aged daughter) and suspected drugs" found on his person, the good news report states. The suspect also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest related to previous assault and theft incidents.

Dermody leaves us with three notable "Take Aways" from all this mayhem—Neighbors can be neighborly; SPD officers can rescue your bike and identify suspects; Calling 911 is the right thing to do. Basically, when everyone pitches in, theft might not have to be forever. Also, some people on Capitol Hill get up really early.

I'd like to add a "Take Away" of my own: Get a bike lock.