Posted: Jun 5, 2013 5:31 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Jun 6, 2013 10:01 AM
BOZEMAN - When Justin Brodin's bike went missing this past weekend, he didn't get mad. Instead, he got on his computer.
Brodin's bike was stolen last Friday night from the Bozeman Hotel lobby where he has an office upstairs. Brodin had just got done rebuilding the bike, so it was like new to him, which is one of the reasons the theft was so upsetting.
Brodin got surveillance video from the hotel lobby. After sifting through hours of video, he found what he was looking for - images of his bike being approached, grabbed and rolled out of the building.
Next, he crafted a wanted poster of sorts with still photos from the video as well as a picture of his bike. The photos were accompanied by a message: "If you can ID this silly girl or have any information regarding the whereabouts of the bike pictured, please contact Justin" and his listed his number. When he was finished, he posted it to Facebook.
When he woke up the next morning, the image already had about 800 "shares" on Facebook, he said.
People were contacting him from all over Northwest. The image was spreading rapidly. By Tuesday morning, it had almost 1,200 "shares."
Then came a call from someone he maybe wasn't expecting to hear from - the woman who took his bike.
"We were able to kind of work out a deal: I'll give you my bike back in exchange for taking down the photo that was essentially ruining her life," Brodin said.
It turns out the woman, who was in Wyoming, had seen the posting on Facebook too, as well as many people who knew her.
Brodin is expecting to get his bike back in the mail on Thursday.
"Working together as a community, using the resources that we have like Facebook and online media and just kind of networking and making things happen - it's cool," he said.