Originally Posted by taustin
Yes, yes, and no. In that scenario, you are a vigilante, tampering with evidence in a crime, even if that evidence is your bike. For the law to be otherwise is to invite vigilantism, which is just not a good idea. The moment that it's up to you, and only you, to determine if that bike is your stolen bike, you have little incentive to tell the truth about it.
Why not just go get another bike? That's what I do.
I mean the law is of course subjective. It might be subject to the collective mental constructs of the majority, but it is still subjective.