Help! Last night my friends' new car was stolen!

I'm pretty sure it was one of the gangs that hang around here, and they've been a bit cocky. Where the car was parked, they spray-painted the following on the ground.

I'm sometimes the last gear, and sometimes the first

But I can't make head or tale of it, and nor can the police. Can you help?

So you found out who stole it, how about trying to find them?

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    $\begingroup$ You did not just use Comic Sans. And JPEG artifacts too! Shocking. $\endgroup$
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 16:54
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    $\begingroup$ Red herring. Now, the actual answer may be simply rotating a few of the letters to produce ALONE. $\endgroup$
    – Paag
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 16:54
  • $\begingroup$ Nope. No rotation of letter or numbers - good idea though! $\endgroup$
    – CalvT
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 16:55
  • $\begingroup$ Imgur doesn't seem to give anything actually $\endgroup$ Commented May 9, 2017 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ @CalvT: Just saying, is any computer needed for the solution ? $\endgroup$
    – Paag
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 16:56

1 Answer 1


The gang who stole your friends' car are called


Thanks to @n_palum for helping in chat

If you

Type it into imgur reversed (The name of the image if you click edit is 'I'm sometimes the last gear, sometimes the first' and the last gear is the gear to REVERSE [Thanks @Techidiot]) you get the following: https://i.sstatic.net/3Z0LA.png

enter image description here



Using Base64 decoder (thanks @n_palum) you get the following website:


(The console output is 32543 [Thanks @KritixiLithos] which is the OP's user ID)

Which has

the word 'Of'

The tab name is



Bottom Of 32543

At the bottom of the OP's profile (at least at the time, may be removed in future) is a barcode


which decodes to


which is an anagram of


  • $\begingroup$ If you use a Base64 Decode you get this URL: browsers.wtf/puzzle.html $\endgroup$
    – n_plum
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ If it is at all relevant, the console output is 32543 $\endgroup$
    – user41805
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ @KritixiLithos is very relevant that is the OP's user ID $\endgroup$ Commented May 9, 2017 at 17:14
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    $\begingroup$ This is one sophisticated gang $\endgroup$
    – ESR
    Commented May 10, 2017 at 0:22
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    $\begingroup$ @EdmundReed And OP seems to be involved with them ... :D. $\endgroup$
    – user22015
    Commented May 10, 2017 at 9:00

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