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Man steals his own bike, brags on Facebook

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Sean Spangler stands with the bicycle he took back a month after it was stolen. (Source: KOVR/CBS) Sean Spangler stands with the bicycle he took back a month after it was stolen. (Source: KOVR/CBS)

SACRAMENTO, CA (KOVR/CBS) - When Sean Spangler saw someone near his home riding his stolen bike, a Father's Day gift from his wife, he decided to take action himself.

On Sunday, he looked out his apartment window and saw a stranger riding the bike, which a thief took from Spangler's second-story balcony more than a month ago.

He called police, but they told him they couldn't come to help.

"So I said, 'Does that mean I have to get my bike back myself?'" Spangler explained. "And they said, 'Well, I'm not telling you that you should, but we are not going to be able to help you.'"

He wasn't taking no for an answer, so he confronted the guy and demanded he hand it over.

Surprisingly, he did.

Spangler boasted about his bravery on Facebook by posting this photo that says, "I stole my bike back like a boss."

Officer Michelle Gigante with the Sacramento Police Department said it's possible officers were busy on a more pressing case.

She also said what Spangler did could have put him in danger.

"Sometimes when we get calls there may be incidents or other things going on at the same time," Gigante said.

Though he got his property back, Spangler was concerned about what could have happened had he not spotted the person on his bike.

"That's the really frustrating part," he said. "Yes, I was able to get my bike back, but who knows? That kid could be out stealing another bike right now. He could continue to steal bikes and just get away with it."

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