Woman plans sting operation to recover stolen bicycle from thief

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

In a bid to track it down, Morton-Humphreys posted a picture of the bike on the Bristol Cycling Group Facebook page and asked anyone who saw it to get in touch.

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

A Bristol cyclist who had her bike stolen beat the thieves at their own game when she set up a sting to take it back from the man selling it on Facebook.

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

The man was left holding only an empty packet of cigarettes and the keys - which were for the lock that had been cut from Ms Morton-Humphreys's bike.

Undeterred she and a friend approached the vendor and arranged a meeting.

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

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

Morton-Humphreys told police what she planned to do but they didn't help her with the sting - instead telling her not to. I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out.

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

She said: "I made sure I didn't have any other possessions on me in case they said "why don't you give us your phone, or give us your money or bank card" or something".

"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", she said. "I pedalled as fast as I could", she said.

Someone shouted "she's not coming back" and the shocked bike thief began texting Morton-Humphreys's co-conspirator, who had pretended to be her brother.

'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'.

"She's probably took it straight home", the man replied, according to the newspaper. He obliged, so she took off on the bike and obviously never returned.

"Lesson to be learnt son". Don't steal from the cycling community for a quick fix.

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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