Seller tells owner to take bike for spin - so he does, straight to nearby police officer

An Edinburgh cyclist whose bike had been stolen met a man who had offered it for sale online and took it for a test ride – pedalling straight to a nearby police officer who arrested the would-be seller.

David Livey’s Specialized Allez was stolen from outside Leith Victoria Swim Centre last week, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

The 27-year-old, who works at the Scottish Parliament as a researcher for the SNP, tweeted a picture after he had been reunited with his bike that has now had more than 1,400 retweets.



He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It’s a happy ending. The police were fantastic. I just couldn’t believe it when he asked if I wanted a go on it – the guy was then caught red-handed.

“He asked me if I wanted to try it out, so I cycled down the street, stopped at the policeman and that was that.

“He went and arrested him – it was like being in a sitcom.”

He added: “I am just delighted there was an opportunity to get it back.”

Yesterday, we reported how a cyclist whose bike was stolen in Southampton got it back after spotting it for sale on eBay with his wife posing as a potential buyer and calling officers.

However, Police Scotland’s advice is for victims of theft to contact them rather than try to take matters into their own hands.

A spokesman said: “Police can confirm that a 26-year-old man has been charged with reset [handling stolen goods] following an incident on Holyrood Road on Wednesday.

“A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal."

He added: “If anyone sees their items subsequently being sold online then our advice would be to contact Police Scotland.”

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.