A cyclist from Hampshire whose bike was stolen just three days after he bought it has been reunited with it – after spotting it for sale on eBay.
John Whalvin’s Boardman CX bike was stolen from outside the library of Southampton Solent University, reports the Daily Echo .
Mr Whalvin, from the village of Rownhams near Southampton, suspected that the thieves might attempt to sell the stolen bike online, and spotted it for sale on eBay two days later.
His wife, posing as a potential purchaser, visited an address in Eastleigh to view the bike and rang police, waiting there until they arrived and arrested the would-be vendor, who said he had bought it via another website.
“When I found it online I was physically shaking and when we got it back I felt a whole weight of relief,” said Mr Whalvin.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of handling stolen goods and bailed him until September 9.
We’ve reported in the past on a number of cyclists who have got their stolen bikes back after spotting them for sale on websites such as eBay or Gumtree, and Craigslist in the United States.
In 2009, a cyclist whose bike was spotted for sale on eBay praised Avon & Somerset Constabulary for their help in getting it back, recovering it the same day he alerted them to the sale and even delivering it to his home.
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.