Of course, obviously, it's not OK. But it is so staggeringly commonplace here, it makes you wonder.
Here are my Top 5 theories. See if any sound right to you.
5) When Spokane parents teach their children that stealing is wrong. they often add, "Except for bicycles."
4) A lot of people here are alarmingly willing to buy used bikes from sketchy characters.
3) A dismaying number of people in Spokane lack a moral compass.
2) It's easy.
1) Police mindset might be summarized as, "They're bicyclists, for God's sake -- they deserve it."