Monday comes two days later and we were excited to finally get this over with. We called the Long Beach PD and asked to speak to a detective and explained the whole situation. The operator says “Why were you told to wait til Monday to speak to a detective? There's always one available”. Seriously?!?!?! Anyway, the operator transferred us to a detective....and unfortunately they were all busy so we left our information. We waited. An hour goes by and no return call. I called them back again and got transferred to a detective's voicemail, I leave another message. This is turning out great, isn't it. Well, I was fed up, I didn't want my bike to get sold because then I would have no evidence, no lead, NOTHING to go by. So I decided I was just going to show up at the seller's house and hope they don't shoot me.
Tuesday morning, the seller texted me and says he returned the bike to the swap meet shop owner and that I could go and get it back from him instead. Again, not knowing what kind of person this shop owner is, we took the risk and went to see him, without any officers because we knew there would be no way to get them to accompany us. When we arrived, we were surprised how nice the shop owner was and how willing he was to give us back our bike because he knew the original guy he bought it from and he would be able to get his money back.
So if you ever have your bike stolen, keep faith because you never know when a miracle will happen.
p.s. We never received a call back from the Long Beach PD detectives.