Woman plans sting operation to recover stolen bicycle from thief

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Jenni Morton-Humphreys, from Bristol, found her bike on social media.

The bike vanished from Bristol city centre after someone cut through the bike chain, prompting the 30-year-old to search for it online.

She instead relied on a good samaritan named Chris who had seen her request on Facebook for information about her bike and arranged a meeting with the seller, named "Bebop", after spotting his online advertisement.

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

"I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike", Morton-Humphreys told the Bristol Post.

"I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out".

Last Monday a meet-up was arranged, with Ms Morton-Humphreys going along as an apparently interested buyer.

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

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 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".

She managed to convince the thief to let her "test drive" the bike - before speeding off. I wobbled off a bit on the bike and then when I was a couple of yards away I just went for it. "She went 15 mins and ain't come back".

"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".

The furious seller told her "brother": 'I need 95 quid lively'. Don't steal from the cycling community for a quick fix.

The £800 Cube bike was stolen about six weeks ago from a bike rack at the Harbourside in Bristol.

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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