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Was this a court ordered eviction by the sheriff or did the landlord just lock you out?
Thank you for the additional information. You are correct. The landlord may not hold your possessions hostage. If the police refuse to help you then you will need to file a petition for replevin. That is a request that the court issue an order demanding your property be returned to you under penalty of being held in contempt of court. The court also has authority to award money damages for depriving you of the use of your property.
You can file a theft report with the police regarding the bicycle.
You may get some traction by retaining local counsel to write a threatening letter to the landlord threatening litigation. A message on attorney letterhead, pointing out their exposure to liability, may scare the landlord into cooperating with you.
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