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Kansas City crime fighters turn to Facebook after bike theft

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Most people use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, not really thinking of it as a tool to fight crime.

But one woman created a special Facebook page for her stolen bike and was blown away by the results.

It was her prized possession for the last five years, and her only way of getting around town.

"I am car free and proud of it. I have a driver's license just choose not to use it," said Tika Wrisner.

So when someone stole her $900 bike right off her porch Monday, she was not happy.

But instead of calling the police, she followed a friend's advice and took to Facebook.

She created a page complete with a sobbing baby to show how upset she was to get the word out.

"People I didn't even know were helping and looking for it, and I got a lot of positive feedback," she said.

And in less than 24 hours the move paid off.

"I was following them around the corner at first, and after I started following them, they started looking back at me and knew something was up," said Chuong Doan who found stolen bike.

Doan was out for a ride on his bike near West 10th and Atlantic streets when he noticed something wasn't right.

"I saw these two dirt bags with a bike that just looked too nice for them," he said.

He recognized the bike from Facebook, so he started following them. He admits he got a little nervous.

"I looked around to see if there was anybody around that could help in case they decide to jump me because I was just in my spandex looking like a dork," he said.

The pair split up and the guy with the bike was getting ready to hop a bus, so Doan knew he had to act fast.

"I walked up to him I said, 'This is my friend's bike. It's stolen. I'm taking it back,'" he said.

And that  was exactly what he did. Doan and Wrisner didn't actually know each other. They just have some mutual friends on Facebook. Now, he'll get a $100 reward for his quick thinking. 

Aside from a flat tire, the bike is in great shape and Wrisner is back in the saddle with one piece of advice for other riders out there.

"I also suggest getting a U-Lock," she said.

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