All hail robo-sharki.
All hail robo-sharki.
In all fairness, i'm sure he'd of been nabbed reguardless of what i did.
If anyone it's lurker spencer who was at the controls of the cctv joy stick to track this scrote..
But if you need me...
Best thread of the year so far!
Right up there, ahem, so to speak, with the picolax thread.
Well done to all contributors.
Best thread of the year so far,with results to boot !
Good work fellas !
Nice work guys
Lurker lurker how dare you sharkie, it was just by chance my mate from work was in the area, as an avid mtber he spotted it straight away and called me. He has also been watching this thread, I posted it here and called andy at work to tip him off.
Excellent work gentlemen! What good news
Quick update because my internet is really flaky this evening but it was him, it was the bike and he is now detained for theft and possession.
He also had a rucksack full of gear stolen from a house the police were investigating so that was a double bonus. He is also not a nice person and well known for nicking stuff.
Basically they happened to recognise him while in town (due to spencers tip off) based on the photos sharki took (thanks mate, the police maybe in touch, if that is ok?). He was also still wearing the same stuff! The photos were only good enough for charging him with possession but the CCTV footage should be enough to get him charged for theft as well. Result.
He had binned my bars and shifters (SRAM doesn't work with Shimano after all) but the Trek was stolen as well so they are tracing the owners of that at the moment.
Thank you everyone for helping on this, if you want to meet up next week some time for a drink, I most certainly owe you one.
Happy weekend people!
I've got some SRAM shifters here if you require to borrow them till the insurance sort you, assuming you had some.
Glad it's all resolved and the scrote gets more than he deserves.
Have you got the bits back?
Though i guess they need to keep hold of it all fer evidence.
They've got my number if not they can get it easily...No worries, i'll be happy to assist them if needed.
A drink sounds a good idea...But not the Plough please, i happen to know most of the customers are , Alcoholics, crooks, ex cons and druggies...somewhere a little more friendy and with some where safe to park my bike up....You've got my addy, let me know when and where..
The only sad part of this stary is the bit where you say, 'he's well known for nicking stuff...'
Then why is he allowed to still walk the streets and breath?
I have sorted myself a temp bike thanks Sharki and I will sort a Bike to work halfords special next week. Might end up being a Jake the Snake though, we shall see. I am a bike tart after all.
All the police will need from you is your original photo files (they have to come direct from you apparently) and the time you took them. She will probably be in touch next week.
I doubt I will see the bits again sadly. They need them for evidence and can't release them back to me until after the court date which could be months away. The police have suggested continuing with my insurance claim, partly because not all the bits were there, and also because I don't think I can trust the bits anymore. Who knows how he treated them in such a short time. There was certainly more damage on the forks than before.
On the plus side of that, if anyone wants some cheep bits as listed in my first email they will inevitably appear in one of the Police auctions at some point.
I am happy not going to the Plough, the only reason to go there is the Pieminster pies anyway. I will let you know next week when I have a better idea when the boss will let me out to play.
They apparently arrest him on a regular basis, but as someone with no fixed address is quite hard to pin down. They were pleased that they had a reason to keep him off the streets for the weekend though.
so...what tyres for commuting?
good work everyone!
oh, and if you are going to send images to the Police, remember to check the file names. They did find Scroat.jpg funny but it isn't suitable for court apparently!
i sent you the original images to so dsc..should be fine and they can crop etc there own copys or i can do it again with a mature image name.
LOL, i love this thread, well done guys....
good work people.
any of the Taunton deane vice posse fancy a day trip to bristol?
we have hundreds of stolen bikes and owners to re-unite.
Well done everybody.
I love this thread!
Proves that community spirit is alive and well
Thanks for cheering me up!
That's awesome news andy! Phil told me about your stuff getting nicked on Friday. Was Keeny's bike out there aswell?
Good to hear that the STW private eyes have been hard at work!
Get the Jake they're great fun.. I say pondering taking mine out later?!
Will have to sort out a ride soon then, Andy?
Hey Paddy. I don't think Steve's bike was out there at the time, though I know there were a few others (the owners were upset that theirs hadn't been targeted!).
Hey Moff, the Jake the Snake looks a bit pricey for what I need it for but the Jake may suit me instead. I have to admit to being tempted by the Bordman commuter things as well.
Sharki. I think it was one of mine that was the scroat.
Final update on this. The Scroat has been charged with theft and possession and has admitted to the latter (which is apparently the worse of the two anyway). Not sure what his punishment will be but we shall see.
Maybe I will update on that as well in a final final update.
The Police have offered their thanks for investigating this for them, they admitted they didn't really have to do much as a result of the work done by people on here. Thanks again.
I still owe people a drink but the week has really got away from me so I am sorry I haven't sorted anything. I am not around next week but will be in touch after that.
The punishment will be at our expense and he'll no doubt go on to commit again.
No rush on the drink.......the thirst can wait...and it's not like you even managed to get your stuff back...which sucks
I'll have dates for the police auctions soon........;-)
wow...thats good news...
OK so this will be the final final update as expected. I received a letter from the courts yesterday with the outcome of the court case.
The Scroat pleaded guilty to theft of the bike and knowing possession of stolen goods. The charge for the first was withdrawn and he got a 9 month conditional discharge for the second.
Can't say I expected anything else but hows that for justice?
Next time i carrying out my own punishment and return the stolen goods.
Courts sucks monkey bawls.
Known serial offender, no fixed abode = pointless existence and non contributor to society.
Lethal injection, lesson to all!
Harsh but fair
Hardly a deterent is it?
What an enthralling episode. I live near Taunton and worked at that business park last year and will be again this summer. I parked my bike inside locked to the railings- probably a fire hazard but nevermind. Glad he got caught even if he didn't get much for it. I can't believe the idiot just kept all the bits. Also can you buy those pace forks anymore? Or will you just get some different ones? Good job STW.
I'll just add this to make it 100.
It isn't much of a deterrent really.
'I promise I wont do it again officer, I didn know I was doin' nofink wrong'.
'Well on your way you little scallywag'.
Anyway, in answer to your question southernsteel, no you can't get the RC40s any more and apparently the DT Swiss replacement are not an equivalent due to being a 'different class of fork'. I should be getting a pair of Fox TALAS 140s this week, just in time for the weather to change. It will be the first time, in the 20 years I have been riding, that I own a pair of non Pace suspension forks weirdly.
Its a massive shame i think that pace got bought by DT swiss. The pace forks look so cool. I don't have any but my old neighbour used to upgrade his every year and they just looked so amazing. Nevermind I'm sure the Talas are great and if it means you can ride who cares.
That's a shame, although with his MO of nicking bike bits, then bolting them too his frame, then riding round the town centre, the guy doesn't sound intelligent enough to be a proper danger to society. Well done STW, well done the rozzers, boo to the magistrates and the CPS.
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