In ‘sting operation’ lady STEALS back her bike from thief after seeing sales ad on Facebook | stole | kind stranger | police
One day, a 30-year-old woman in the UK found her bike stolen, and when the city police refused to help, she planned to “steal” it back with the help of a stranger!
Jenni Morton-Humphreys lost her bike in April after she locked it up and went for a brunch, and a day out in town. She reported it to the police, and then uploaded a photo of her bike on the Bristol Cycling Facebook page, and asked for help.
According to the Bristol Post, a man known as Chris saw the bike being advertised for sale on Facebook. He contacted Jenni and the two of them thought of a plan to get her bike back.
Chris contacted the seller and said that his “sister” needed a bike he then arranged Jenni’s meeting with the seller. The venue and time was fixed. The thief said that actually a “friend” of the seller would turn up with the bike.
With all this information, Jenni approached the police, hoping that they would help her. However, she claimed that the police wanted to investigate the case further and discouraged her from going into a potentially dangerous situation.
But Jenni was not deterred by it and with the help of a friend she went ahead with her plan. On reaching the fixed venue, she noticed that the bike was hers.
Recalling that day, she said, “I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike. 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.’”
“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 pedaled as fast as I could. 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,” she continued.
“But it was fine because quite soon, I hit a big roundabout and was able to find a different way back to the city center, so I wasn’t scared at that point,” she added.
Though she got her bike back, she said that the police are unable to press charges. “The police had one of the guy’s numbers, but said they couldn’t do anything because he’d basically said he’d bought it the night before in a pub, so no one was actually brought to justice over it. I’m just glad I got it back,” she said.