Watch out… Attempted Bike Theft Look Out Car Park – Swinley – Tonight!
Just a heads up really, I took a last minute decision to go and ride at Swinley tonight. I pulled into the car park and parked up. Got changed and then got the bike out and lent it against the back of the van. I noticed whilst i was getting changed that an red Ford Fiesta pulled into the car park and drove up to the visitor centre which i couldn’t quite see from where i was, then within a couple of minutes left the car park. I thought the car looked dodgy but I didn’t really think anything off it too much. I then knelt into the back of the van to get my shock pump and i suddenly realised that a guy in a black beanie was getting on my bike. I shouted and instantly took chase. Luckily it was in a lowish gear so it took him a while to get going and I managed to grab his arm as he shifted under massive load making the gears jump! I pulled him down on to the ground. The downside was i also ended up on the floor and he managed to get up quicker being on the opposite side of the bike and leg if off down the car park! I probably then should have given chase to get the scum bag but just decided that I was very lucky to still have my bike!
I then decided that I may be would still go for a ride but I would move the van into the Water World car park, I drove into the car park and couldn’t believe my luck but the Fiesta was in there with the guy who tried nicking the bike being in the back seat still wearing his beanie along with another 4 people. So i got the registration number and called the Police, who didn’t seem that bothered even though I mentioned they was CCTV in The Lock Out car park that would have captured all this!
I got the impression that they have tried to do this before (may be even been successful) so don’t leave your bikes unattended in the car park at night. I was half a metre at the very most when he grabbed it! If you are on your own take extra care as it makes you a very easy target because there is no one to give chase on another bike.
The car registration number was T608 PRJ – Colour Dark Red.
If you also know anyone this happened to please let them know about this post!Posted 4 years ago
That’s absolute bollocks. Ring 101 straight away and insist on speaking with a supervisor. By getting on your bike the guy in the beanie has already stolen it. You have recovered it and your actions have prevented more thefts. Despite what the stupid ignorant call-taker says, the local cops WILL be very interested, and are under a legal obligation to come and take a crime report. Getting the number and the possibility of CCTV evidence will mean they stand a very good chance of a decent arrest.
Boils my piss doesn’t even scratch the surfacePosted 4 years ago
Yeah I reckon I was lucky if was a £4500 Orange Five RS as well.. Can’t believe i actually caught him! Will try them again tomorrow and see what they say. I wonder if the guy on the bike went down as hard as I did… My knees, elbows and hands are pretty battered from sliding down the road!Posted 4 years ago
No, please ring them now. The shitheads are still out stealing stuff, and if they’re in the same car, evidence that will help corroborate your story like the beanie hat will still be there. If you wait ’til tomorrow the driver will be able to come up with defences like he couldn’t remember who was in his car, or his mate hijacked it for ten minutes for a laff etc etc etc. If you want then catching I’m sorry but you’ll have to act now.Posted 4 years agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
Pleased it ended well for you.
Please update the thread if / when the police do do anything.
Alternatively, go up tomorrow with a nice bike to lean against the back of your car and just happen to be holding a spare pair of Bombers whilst you keep a look out…Posted 4 years agothebrowndogMember
Im no lawyer but I watch a lot of TV and I think this qualifies as a robbery, which is forcibly stealing from a person, ie you. Its a far more serious crime than theft because of the element of threat and potential for violence against the victims and is why crims who break into homes to nick stuff get their knuckles wrapped harder if the family is home when they do it.Posted 4 years agomegaMember
well played mate and thanks for the warning. will keep an eye out for those scrotes.
Not sure if leaving the reg plastered all over the internetz is a good idea tho? Once the toe rags get wind that the game is up, they might swap to another car, or just shift to another location. Might be good for the police to try and catch them at it?
Hopefully the police will take an interest and follow up with the owner of the car.
Your van doesn’t look like this does it? 😀
Posted 4 years ago
Good work OP. Disappointing if plod don’t follow this up and agree a bit about not posting details up just in case it does get looked into.
Failing that a few posters/flyers around the car park with car details and reg number might help, along with a good supply of pitchforks.Posted 4 years ago
Are we crediting these shitheads with the ability to trawl the net to see if plod has “made” their car? Even if they do, the inconvenience they now have to go to to swap their car will be worth some disruption to their activities.
Good call on the CCTV Benpinnick. If you or someone has the time to trawl recent footage to see how often the Fiesta visits the car park at night it might help corroborate adam@orange’s incident.Posted 4 years ago2hottieMember
The call taker was most likely a civilian and please don’t judge all police on one bad experience reporting a crime, it’s possible they didn’t fully understand the circumstances (no defence to their lack of action but maybe a learning point if it can be brought to their attention).
This most certainly is a theft and should be recorded and investigated, sounds like you would be able to provide a pretty decent description to help IDing the guy. You actually had your bike stolen and the only reason you have it is because you chased it down and got it back for yourself. If they’re this bold then they are most certainly stealing other bikes elsewhere in similar circumstances, report it again as soon as (strike whilst the irons hot etc) and if you get fobbed off demand to make a complaint, then you’ll certainly get details taken.
I would also suggest taking photos of the injuries you got whilst taking your bike back, it fleshes out the picture and the lengths you had to go to to return your property.
Hope this helps Mrs 2hottie.Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
OP will probably get done for assault for knocking the little toerag off the bike…
I really can’t understand the response of the call-taker, You stopped a theft in progress, got information which could potentially lead to an arrest and recovery of other stolen bikes.Posted 4 years ago
Are we crediting these shitheads with the ability to trawl the net to see if plod has “made” their car?
Nope, but if there are details plastered all over the internet it might affect any investigation and/or prosecution if plod does take things further. I’m no expert so maybe that’s not the case, just thinking about the recent stolen bike on eBay thread – I seem to recall a certain member of the Manchester constabulary advised against publishing details.Posted 4 years agomudmonsterMember
My recent experience of dealing the police having had bikes stolen is as follows: Checked an hours worth of cctv at completely the wrong times that I told them the theft occurred. They said they can’t spend all their time looking at cctv. Next theft they never even got back to me. I no longer have the will to even bother trying anymore. Good luck with this one though.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
what would you have done it you’d actually caught him?Posted 4 years ago
what would the police have done if you’d called them whilst he was apprehended? would they have said “you should let him go, he’s not committed an offense and if you keep hold of him you’ll be guilty of holding someone against their will”
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