A cyclist lost her bike to a thief then saw it being sold online, so she devised a way to recover her bicycle by stealing it back and exacting sweet revenge against the robber at the same time.
Jenni Morton-Humphreys spotted her cherished blue bike being advertised on Facebook mere hours after it was stolen from the city center on July 9 in Bristol, England. It’s a good thing that she immediately sought the help of Bristol Cycling page on social media,then an eagle-eyed user saw her bike up for sale and offered to arrange a viewing with the guy selling it.
A meeting was soon scheduled and Morton-Humphreys came along to pose as the interested buyer. During the meet-up, she asked silly questions about the bike.
Morton-Humphreys shared: “I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out. I made sure I have 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.’
She continued her narration of how she managed to retrieve her precious bike: “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. “
The thief was left holding on to an empty packet of cigarettes and a useless set of keys- which were for the lock that had been cut from Morton-Humphrey’s bike.
The angry thief as seller confronted the accomplice online and that’s when he learned he got served a dose of his own bitter medicine. The accomplice wrote: “She probably took it straight home. “ And added: “Not surprised though, because it is her bike that was stolen yesterday.”
The accomplice that made the mission to get back the bike possible also left a stinging tip to the thief: “Lesson to be learned, son. Don’t steal from the cycling community for a quick fix. You played yourself. “
Morton-Humphrey was not only successful in her great scheme to steal back her bike from the thief, but also got rewarded with an expected bonus- her bike was spruced up upon getting home, and someone even fixed her broken light.
Not bad for the lady since her scheme was not even supported by the police when she sought their help. She was told her little scheme would only put her in danger, and even said they could not accompany her. Not one to be discouraged too easily, the brave girl just had to do it by herself, with a little help from a fellow cycling enthusiast.