Woman outwits thieves by stealing back her own bike

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

A cyclist who had her bike stolen by thieves set up an elaborate sting operation to get it back after police failed to help.

Jenni Morton-Humphreys said police told her not to attempt to steal the bike back from the dude who took it, but after they declined to accompany her to the thief's residence, she had no choice but to take matters into her own hands.

Within two hours a member of the Facebook group saw it advertised for sale for £100.

The two then chose to buy the cycle back from the vendor.

Ms Morton-Humphreys claimed that the police had contacted one of those involved but he had claimed to have bought it in a pub.

They arranged a time for Jenni to meet a friend of the seller on a street corner of Stapleton Road, Easton, once known as the most unsafe street in Britain.

She said: 'I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike.

The man contacted the seller saying his sister - Morton-Humphreys - was interested in buying a bike and wanted to look at it.

And there's an even happier end to this story.

She managed to cycle off and reclaim it after asking the man if she could take it for a test ride last Monday, the Bristol Post reported.

"I handed them to this guy as I got on the bike and said 'here, hold my stuff".

She said: "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 wobbled off a bit on the bike and then when I was a couple of yards away I just went for it", she said.

The angry seller confronted the cyclist's co-conspirator, with whom he had been dealing online.

Jenni added: 'I didn't look back to see if they were chasing me.

The furious seller told her "brother": 'I need 95 quid lively'.

"She's probably took it straight home", her accomplice replied. Don't steal from the cycling community for a quick fix.

A victim of bike theft has succeeded in "stealing back" her own chopper from the thief who took it.

She also said she was more anxious about her bike's safety when she came face to face with the culprits, in case it was vandalised.

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