Thick as Thieves - Man who stole £2.5k e-bike phones owner for help in recharging it

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

by Simon_MacMichael   April 24, 2014  

Ben Jaconelli reunited with his GoCycle

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.”

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Absolutely class

posted by mudrush [11 posts]
24th April 2014 - 15:44

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My favourite part is barrelling round in the army truck Big Grin

posted by Wolfshade [101 posts]
24th April 2014 - 15:46

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Great publicity.

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posted by Joselito [133 posts]
24th April 2014 - 15:48

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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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posted by cidermart [460 posts]
24th April 2014 - 15:49

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Hahaha, marvellous work!

posted by condor_rider_1988 [30 posts]
24th April 2014 - 15:50

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He's not a clever bike thief, he's a very naughty boy !

posted by SimonT1971 [35 posts]
24th April 2014 - 16:30

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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.

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [212 posts]
24th April 2014 - 16:44

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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.

posted by xkylet [3 posts]
24th April 2014 - 16:59

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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.

posted by bikebot [501 posts]
24th April 2014 - 17:10

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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?

posted by Nick T [805 posts]
24th April 2014 - 21:44

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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.

posted by CapriciousZephyr [27 posts]
24th April 2014 - 21:47

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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.

posted by racyrich [118 posts]
24th April 2014 - 22:14

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Bike thieves are the worse kind of people. Hope they find him

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posted by Miles253 [199 posts]
25th April 2014 - 3:16

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Leaving a bike 'securely locked on Kingsland Road' was the first mistake. Nothing's 'secure' on Kingsland Road.... Big Grin

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1058 posts]
25th April 2014 - 8:00

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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).

Enjoy

posted by cisgil23 [47 posts]
25th April 2014 - 8:37

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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.

posted by Al__S [532 posts]
25th April 2014 - 8:41

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

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posted by ColT [210 posts]
25th April 2014 - 9:18

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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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posted by OldRidgeback [2195 posts]
25th April 2014 - 9:25

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

Boom boom!

posted by Chuck [371 posts]
25th April 2014 - 9:25

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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. Nerd

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posted by ColT [210 posts]
25th April 2014 - 9:31

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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.

posted by MKultra [217 posts]
25th April 2014 - 10:30

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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...

posted by MKultra [217 posts]
25th April 2014 - 11:05

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Wolfshade wrote:
My favourite part is barrelling round in the army truck Big Grin

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

posted by Roberj4 [193 posts]
25th April 2014 - 11:17

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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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posted by Simmo72 [299 posts]
25th April 2014 - 12:17

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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.

posted by vbvb [234 posts]
25th April 2014 - 18:46

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

posted by vbvb [234 posts]
25th April 2014 - 19:12

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LOVE a good news story like this. Chapeau!

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posted by philly [16 posts]
25th April 2014 - 19:57

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Wave great to hear a good ending. Bring back hanging for low lifes who commit crimes. ... we don't need them...

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posted by shaun finnis [24 posts]
26th April 2014 - 5:46

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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.

Laughing Apart from the owner's of course!

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posted by pakennedy [47 posts]
26th April 2014 - 12:46

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