Bike owner credits intervention from above after well-timed theft

Posted at 7:00 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 22:00:19-05

A local woman believes she avoided a bigger crisis after the theft of some bikes because of some divine intervention.

Just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, Becca Bolt and her brother returned to their College Area home after a bike ride.

"I was in the back room. I had this impression to go and see if I left the phone on my bike … So I came out to get my phone, which was attached to my bike," said Bolt.

About 10 minutes later, surveillance video shows two thieves would strike, grabbing her $150 bike and her brother's bike, valued at about $40.

It could have been a crime of opportunity, but there were cars in the driveway obscuring the front door, along with hedges on both sides of the driveway blocking the view from the street.

So if they didn't see the bikes walking by, why was the home targeted?

"I think they must have seen us, followed us or watched us," said Bolt.

That would explain the timing, as the two thieves made off with the bikes soon after Bolt went inside.

Bolt, a seminary student who works with Bring Me Hope, a Christian nonprofit advocating for orphans, is thankful the thieves didn't try to break in.

As for her phone, Bolt got a sense she should find it minutes before the theft. She believes it was intervention from above.

"I was like, 'God, you totally gave me that impression to get my phone.' My bikes are gone, but how much worse would it have been if my phone had been gone?" said Bolt.

Bolt said she was shielded from problems like identity theft.

"I didn't know my bikes were going to be stolen. It was just God's grace," said Bolt.

Bolt is also hoping for some police intervention.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call San Diego police.