A woman stole her own bicycle back in sting operation from a man selling it on Facebook, hours after it was stolen from her.
Jenni Morton-Humphreys arranged to meet the bloke selling her bike on a street corner the morning after it was nicked in the Bristol city centre, reports the Bristol Post.
Pretending to take it for ‘a test ride’, she pedalled off, leaving the man who likely nicked it with a face full of dust.
Jenni claims that police officers had declined to accompany her on the sting, or arrest him and retrieve the bike themselves – and told the 30-year-old that she shouldn’t do it.
The ordeal began when Jenni locked her bike up behind the Watershed in the city centre ahead of a day out in town.
She returned later to find it had been stolen and reported it to the police. She also put a picture of the bike on the Bristol Cycling Facebook page, and appealed for anyone who saw it to get in touch.
Someone got in touch to let her know he had seen her bike her expensive Cube brand being advertised for sale on Facebook.
The kind stranger told the seller of the stolen bike that his sister wanted a bike. He then arranged for Jenni – pretending to be his sister – to go and meet the seller.
The seller arranged agreed to meet at 9am on a street corner – and said it would actually be a friend there with the bike.
Jennie called the police back with the information, in the hope that they would then step but they discouraged her from stepping into a potentially dangerous situation.
Ignoring the feds’ advice she went to the area with a friend and when she noticed that the bike was hers, she put the plan into action.
“I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out.
“I made sure I had nothing on me, no possessions at all apart from the stuff in my hands – and they were a cigarette packet and a set of keys. I handed them to this guy as I got on the bike and said ‘here, hold my stuff’,” she told the Bristol Post.
“That meant he let go of the bike for the first time. I wobbled off a bit on the bike and then when I was a couple of yards away I just went for it.
“I didn’t look back to see if they were chasing me. My main thought was that I was worried because I didn’t really know where I was, where I was going, or the area at all, and I was worried that I might have to go back that way or end up going round in a circle.
“But it was fine because quite soon, I hit a big roundabout and was able to find a different way back to the city centre, so I wasn’t scared at that point.”
Nice one – now the police should step in and lock the thief up.
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