had my bike nicked from outside Devon Mansions. Spotted it advertised on Gumtree a few days later and managed to get it back by posing a a potential buyer then confronting the theif. He had numerous bikes for sale. Please contact me if you want more details of how I did this safely or a photo of the thief, Steve
Good for you Steve. I had my bike stolen a few weeks ago from the locked bike cage in the basement garage of our building. I'm pretty sure I spotted it on Gumtree but by the time I 'phoned up about it it had already been sold. (Not surprisingly really - a one year old bike with a new RRP of c. £1K advertised for £125... and there's a whole other topic that could be discussed about the morality of people who buy stuff that's quite obviously stolen.)
The police were diligent about taking all the details but then sent me a letter saying they wouldn't be investigating further.
Anyway I would be interested to know what information you have about the thief, in case it matches with the few bits of information I have about the suspected culprit in my case. PM me if you don't want to post publicly?
Same happened to my friend- her uniquely cutomised bike on e bay hours after theft. Because the theif/seller was in Essex , local police (as in where it was nicked) would not cross pollenate to other forces. And.... would not access the internet as 'they are not allowed to!
Got it back by going in posing as the buyer and door stepping the theif with alot of big bloke mates.
There was something on this on the BBC news today. The same thing happened, a person had their bike stolen and then saw it for sale on Gumtree but the Police didn't investigate. Amazing that they could catch thiefs so easily and deter further bike thefts but do not do anything.
I was over Brick Lane way on Sunday and there were clearly people selling stolen bikes there.