Cyclist whose bike was stolen outwits thieves by stealing it back in undercover sting operation

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A woman reclaimed her stolen bicycle from thieves after reportedly executing a sting operation on a man reselling it online.

Jenni Morton-Humphreys said she spotted her £800 bike on sale on Facebook, just hours after it was taken.

The 30-year-old then arranged to meet the seller, despite warnings from police not to try and retrieve it.

She managed to cycle off and reclaim it after asking the man if she could take it for a test ride last Monday, the Bristol Post reported.

“I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike,” she told the newspaper.

“I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out.

“I made sure I had 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’.

“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 pedalled as fast as I could.”

Ms Morton-Humphreys said the police told her they would not join her for the sting and that they attempted to discourage her from stepping into a “potentially dangerous situation.”

Before her bold move to reclaim her bike, she appealed for help on the Bristol Cycling social media page after it was stolen from the city’s centre on July 9.

Her co-conspirator, who had dealt with the seller online, was left holding Ms Morton-Humphrey’s keys and cigarettes at the scene after she pedalled off.

Angry, the seller confronted him before he replied: “She’s probably took it straight home,” according to the newspaper.

“Not surprised though, because it is her bike that was stolen yesterday.”


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