Cyclist who found his stolen bike on Gumtree set about confronting the thief – with the help of the Metropolitan Police
A cyclist has successfully retrieved his stolen bike in a police sting operation after finding it for sale on Gumtree days after it was taken from his home.
Amine Khadiry’s Coyote Big Sur road bike was stolen from the hallway of his home in Archway, North London, on 22 June, and he discovered it missing the morning of the EU referendum.
He went in person to his local police station to report the theft, and set about searching for the bike online, on Ebay and Gumtree.
Khadiry told road.cc: “I had a feeling that I was going to get it back, so I just didn’t give up. My bike’s very easily distinguishable; the colour, the stickers, because most of the things, I have done them myself.”
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After checking online several times a day, he spotted it on Gumtree three days later. He immediately contacted the seller.
“I got in touch with the guy, told him I’m interested. Suggested we meet in an hour, 5.30pm. Right after that I called the police, told them I found my bike, [asked them] ‘what do you advise me to do?’”