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Reporter goes on sting operation in Amsterdam to get "family" bike back

Lauren's ex-partner with kids and cousins piled into the family "bakfiets". It was stolen and she launched an undercover recovery operation with Amsterdam police that bore little resemblance to Law & Order. (Photo Lauren Comiteau)

A sting on wheels

Our contributor in The Netherlands is not larcenous by nature. But you don't mess with a woman's wheels.
Bike wheels, in this case, bicycles being a favoured form of transportation in Dutch cities like Amsterdam. And swiping them, is a favored pastime.

And that's how Dispatches contributor Lauren Comiteau found herself going over to the dark side in her quest for truth, justice, and her big missing bike.

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