Stolen Bike Recovered & Thief Arrested – All While The Owner Was On Holiday28 Sep 2016
A bike was stolen and recovered and the thief arrested a full two weeks before the bike owner would have known anything about it, thanks to British Transport Police and national cycle database, BikeRegister.
The bike thief was disturbed by BTP officers in the act of stealing a bike in London on Saturday 30th July. The thief ran off but was soon tracked down by police. He was in possession of a set of bolt croppers but there was no sign of the bike. The thief tried to fight off the police but he was quickly arrested.
A sniffer dog was then deployed who traced the route taken by the bike thief and the stolen bike was found well hidden nearby.
PC Andy Vine, Priority Crime Team BTP London Bridge said: “We ran a check on the stolen bike on BikeRegister and thankfully it was registered on the system and we were able to access the details of the real owner.”
PC Vine continued: “We called the owner who was at that time some 3,000 miles away on holiday and blissfully unaware of any theft! We informed him of the details of the theft and told him his property was now in police possession.
“We were also delighted to be able tell him that a suspect was already in custody for the theft. All of this was some two weeks before he would have even found out that his bike had been stolen!”
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