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Bike was stolen in Hackney from Ben Jaconelli - who happens to be GoCycle's authorised dealer for East London...

The owner of a £2,500 GoCycle electric bike that was stolen in London got it back – after the thief phoned him up to ask for help in recharging it.

Ben Jaconelli had left the bike securely locked on Hackney’s Kingsland Road, but returned after 20 minutes to find it was gone.

He reported the theft to the police, but resigned himself to the worst until he received an unexpected phone call.

The 30-year-old happens to own e-bike online retailer Fullycharged.com and recently opened a shop on Old Street roundabout.

He’s also the authorised GoCycle dealer for the area, making him a rather obvious – if poorly-thought-out – point of contact for the person who had taken his bike once it ran out of power.

“The thief called me, unaware that it was my bike,” he said.

“He asked for a charger for a Go Cycle and I knew straight away it had to be the thief.

“I took down as many details for him as possible and then set about tracking him down.

“One of the guys at our warehouse has an old army truck so we piled in to that and turned up at his house.

“He was out, but his bemused mother was in and she got straight on the phone to her son to demand to know why he wanted an electric bike charger.

“A minute later he called me and asked why I was at his house and I said ‘you stole my bike.’

“He hung up and 20 minutes later the bike arrived at the warehouse in a taxi.”

Details have been given to the police, who are investigating, although no arrest has been made as yet.

They are also looking into potential links with other bike thefts in East London.

“There is a such a close network of dealers and I had alerted them all to the theft,” added Mr Jaconelli.

“Even if he did not ring me, I would have found out about it pretty quickly.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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mudrush [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Absolutely class

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Wolfshade [178 posts] 2 years ago
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My favourite part is barrelling round in the army truck  4

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Joselito [160 posts] 2 years ago
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Great publicity.

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cidermart [488 posts] 2 years ago
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Not really dispelling the tag of thieves being stupid this one is he? Let's hope he does get his comeuppance one day.

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Condor Andy [189 posts] 2 years ago
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Hahaha, marvellous work!

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SimonT1971 [35 posts] 2 years ago
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He's not a clever bike thief, he's a very naughty boy !

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cyclingDMlondon [483 posts] 2 years ago
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'Details have been given to the police, who are investigating, although no arrest has been made as yet'

Quelle f*****g surprise.

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xkylet [5 posts] 2 years ago
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Local police caught the guy who stole my bike after he was caught trying to sell it outside the police station.

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bikebot [1753 posts] 2 years ago
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cyclingDMlondon wrote:

'Details have been given to the police, who are investigating, although no arrest has been made as yet'

Quelle f*****g surprise.

Funnily enough, those are the exact words the Police use when the CPS decide it's not worth the bother.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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cyclingDMlondon wrote:

'Details have been given to the police, who are investigating, although no arrest has been made as yet'

Quelle f*****g surprise.

Would you prefer the police to be bombing around making potentially wrongful arrests left right and centre before investigating the facts properly?

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CapriciousZephyr [85 posts] 2 years ago
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"Ben Jaconelli had left the bike securely locked on Hackney’s Kingsland Road, but returned after 20 minutes to find it was gone."

I think the second part of that sentence demonstrates the inappropriateness of the adverb...

Great story, though - glad he's got it back.

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racyrich [240 posts] 2 years ago
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Disappointed. I was expecting to hear he advised the git to come with the bike to his shop. That would be the last anyone saw of him.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Bike thieves are the worse kind of people. Hope they find him

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WolfieSmith [1313 posts] 2 years ago
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Leaving a bike 'securely locked on Kingsland Road' was the first mistake. Nothing's 'secure' on Kingsland Road....  4

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cisgil23 [55 posts] 2 years ago
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I used to live almost opposite Plaistow Police Station.
A short while after I had my bike stolen, I saw three youngsters acting suspiciously by a bike locked to railings (not one of mine).
I thought I won't bother the 999 people, I'll ring the nick directly.
She answered that they weren't "that type of police station".
Use of the phone is redundant when I'm speechless, so I hung up !
(But I went out into the street near the bike until the youths left - yes, I DO that type of policing).

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Al__S [998 posts] 2 years ago
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Surely once you've got his address, rather than piling round in your mate's truck, give the details to the cops. That way they can catch him red handed with the stolen goods.

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ColT [280 posts] 2 years ago
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No point in arresting him, cos they won't have anything to charge him with.

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OldRidgeback [2566 posts] 2 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

Surely once you've got his address, rather than piling round in your mate's truck, give the details to the cops. That way they can catch him red handed with the stolen goods.

It depends whether the cops have other crimes to attend to. My wife was robbed and worked out who the thief was and where she lived. The information was passed to the local police, who did nothing for two weeks. When they finally got round to visiting the address, the £100 of M&S vouchers that had been taken had all been spent along with the cash. My wife got the empty purse back.

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Chuck [529 posts] 2 years ago
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ColT wrote:

No point in arresting him, cos they won't have anything to charge him with.

Boom boom!

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ColT [280 posts] 2 years ago
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Chuck wrote:
ColT wrote:

No point in arresting him, cos they won't have anything to charge him with.

Boom boom!

Surprised nobody got that one in before me, TBH.  26

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh I can imagine how that conversation went

*Ring Ring*

"Hello"

"Yeah man what you bothering my mum about man I is going to bring my boys round ans stab you up yeah..."

"You rang me yesterday trying to buy a charger for the bike you stole from me, your mum is not very happy with you"

"Errrrr...."

*Click*

I bet he's white as well and dresses like he is "from the streets". Trousers round his arse, constantly sticking his hand down his trousers, baseball cap at a jaunty angle, carries three mobile phones, a delightful collection of gold sovereign rings from Argos.

In reality his name is Kev and he is a catering student.

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MKultra [396 posts] 2 years ago
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No such thing as "securely locked" these days

http://www.makitauk.com/product/cordless-tools/angle-grinders/bga452rfe3...

Get an old D-Lock

Lock your bike up in the high street then come back to it an hour later, chop the D-Lock off in full view of other pedestrians

See how many people challenge you...

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Roberj4 [217 posts] 2 years ago
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Wolfshade wrote:

My favourite part is barrelling round in the army truck  4

Pity they didn't have a tank  21 Fancy turning up at the house in that!! Great story with a happy ending.

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Simmo72 [591 posts] 2 years ago
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I would have preferred the story to end as 'then we bundled him in the back of the truck, drove to a lock up and broke enough bones to ensure he could never steal anything again'

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vbvb [564 posts] 2 years ago
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Simmo72 wrote:

I would have preferred the story to end as 'then we bundled him in the back of the truck, drove to a lock up and broke enough bones to ensure he could never steal anything again'

Really? That sounds horrible. I'd prefer it to end with arrests made, in court the next week, 600 hours community service, 4 year suspended sentence.

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vbvb [564 posts] 2 years ago
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Nice bikes on the Fullycharged site but the links to look at them in detail are all 404 not found.

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philly [40 posts] 2 years ago
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LOVE a good news story like this. Chapeau!

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shaun finnis [34 posts] 2 years ago
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 103 great to hear a good ending. Bring back hanging for low lifes who commit crimes. ... we don't need them...

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pakennedy [134 posts] 2 years ago
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vbvb wrote:

Nice bikes on the Fullycharged site but the links to look at them in detail are all 404 not found.

 21 Apart from the owner's of course!