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Attempted theft happened on Tower Bridge Road on Sunday afternoon

A would-be bike thief in London was filmed this weekend in one of the most brazen attempts we’ve ever seen to steal a bicycle – given it was attached to a moving car.

The attempted theft happened on Sunday afternoon on Tower Bridge Road, with the bike’s owner, Musa, being given a lift home by his girlfriend Chloe after taking part in the London Revolution, reports Mail Online.

The thief, himself riding a bike, twice loosens the fastenings securing the Mekk Primo bike to the car’s rear rack.

Chloe told the newspaper: “Musa is doing the London Revolution bike ride this weekend, so he'd just finished 80 odd miles that day.

“I picked him up from Lee Valley and we were driving down Tower Bridge Road.

'There were quite a lot of traffic lights so we kept stopping and starting.

“When I noticed a guy cycling along behind me, I thought he was a bit close to the back of the car.

“But I just thought he was being silly - because if I had to brake, then he was going to hit me.

“I thought: well he can do what he likes - he's only putting himself in danger.

“The next thing I knew, we were at the last set of lights before you accelerate onto the dual carriageway, and I heard a beep from the car behind us.

“As I looked into my rear view mirror, that's when I saw the cyclist twiddling the top fastening of the bike. Just then, the light went green so I started to accelerate.

“From what I could see, the bike was still attached - so I decided to carry on because I knew he wouldn't be able to keep up with the car.”

The man dropped his own bike and ran after the car as it approached the Old Kent Road roundabout in a final, desperate bid to steal Musa’s Mekk.

“He tried to chase us for quite a while before giving up,” said Chloe. “Then, once we'd got a few hundred yards down the road, I pulled over because I could see the bike was slipping.

“I think he'd been watching from somewhere - probably because he knew there were a lot of traffic lights and I'd probably have to stop,” she continued.

The footage has been sent to the police, and Chloe added: “The focus for us is to try and catch the guy - but we also want to warn other cyclists and car owners to be vigilant.

“Musa has a lot of cycling friends who would be similarly gutted if their racing bikes were to be stolen.”

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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Tommytrucker [64 posts] 6 months ago
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Would've loved the driver to have slammed the brakes on once he started running after the car.

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KevM [47 posts] 6 months ago
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Just reverse over the cnut...he was on a bike, you'd have got off scott-free.

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Filliny [11 posts] 6 months ago
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I allways have simple code lock cable on my thule rack hatch back mount - cos its too easy to steal bike from it... o need to watch out all the time)

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CXR94Di2 [1831 posts] 6 months ago
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What a little shit,. Only positive aspect he caught nicely on video

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elyobelyob [13 posts] 6 months ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:

What a little shit,. Only positive aspect he caught nicely on video

Unfortunately, nothing will happen. Even if the police give a toss, the CPS won't.

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OldRidgeback [2813 posts] 6 months ago
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My brother had some MTBs stolen from the rack on his car when he just went inside the house for  a minute. Yep, a cable lock is a good idea. The thieves who took my brother's bike and his son's then came back over the fence a month or so later, to get the replacement bikes from the shed.

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StuInNorway [137 posts] 6 months ago
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I'd have gone slow to see how long it took him to realise he wasn't going to succeed as my bike rack has locking clamps for all bikes, and a locking clamp to the towball. It would also mean he'd failed to spot the backup (and discretely located) thick cable-lock low down on the frames.
 

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Gourmet Shot [172 posts] 6 months ago
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lols.....I admire his determination.

If I was the car behind I defo would have driven over his wheel, buckling it for good.

 

 

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ChrisB200SX [550 posts] 6 months ago
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Shame he didn't fall off his own bike and smash his face into the tarmac.

Kinda wish someone would have stolen his bike while he was running after the better one.

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ChrisB200SX [550 posts] 6 months ago
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StuInNorway wrote:

I'd have gone slow to see how long it took him to realise he wasn't going to succeed as my bike rack has locking clamps for all bikes, and a locking clamp to the towball. It would also mean he'd failed to spot the backup (and discretely located) thick cable-lock low down on the frames.
 

Just fast enough to keep him running for a few miles.

Or, slowly increasing the speed and then slamming on the brakes suddenly so he runs into the back of the car and knocks himself out?

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Awavey [345 posts] 6 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:

Shame he didn't fall off his own bike and smash his face into the tarmac.

Kinda wish someone would have stolen his bike while he was running after the better one.

You assume it was 'his' bike he was riding in the first place...

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Critchio [232 posts] 6 months ago
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He'll get a small a fine at court that he can't pay because he doesn't work and a community order to do unpaid work which he will fail to turn up for. Nevermind his 73 previous convictions, social pressures caused him to stray from the path bless him.

I would have shot him in the head. One less scumbag for the rest of us to keep. Ok I wouldn't have shot him. Because I don't have a gun.

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HalfWheeler [660 posts] 6 months ago
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If I was in the car behind I'd have driven over his bike.

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Dr_Lex [459 posts] 6 months ago
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HalfWheeler wrote:

If I was in the car behind I'd have driven over his bike.

Since "his" bike is unlikely to be legally his, I think I'd have taken in to the cop shop and hoped that either he was stupid enough to try & recover it or they'd reunite it with its rightful owner.

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Sub5orange [107 posts] 6 months ago
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Looks quite out of breath chasing  after the car. Lol. Love how the person in the car behind did not even beeb. Was probably too busy on his Mobile. I think  I would have been tempted to run over the thug's bike but that probably does not belong to him neither ....

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SingleSpeed [370 posts] 6 months ago
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I still don't get why at no point did the driver not get out and confront him

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Rider X [12 posts] 6 months ago
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SingleSpeed wrote:

I still don't get why at no point did the driver not get out and confront him

Perhaps because getting a knife in the gut is not worth making a point to someone who isn't going  listen?

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srchar [681 posts] 6 months ago
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Critchio wrote:

He'll get a small a fine at court that he can't pay because he doesn't work and a community order to do unpaid work which he will fail to turn up for.

This. I had a bike nicked in broad daylight from under the giant screen in Canary Wharf. They used a car jack to break the D-lock. Luckily, a policeman spotted the 5'4 thief riding a 60cm road bike down Poplar high street in jeans and trainers and gave chase. I got my bike back after it had been crashed causing £400 of damage. For some reason the court decided the thief should pay half of this. Did I ever see that £200? Did I fuck.

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SingleSpeed [370 posts] 6 months ago
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Rider X wrote:

Perhaps because getting a knife in the gut is not worth making a point to someone who isn't going  listen?

 

Guess they just don't make 'em like they used to, or Londoners are cut from a different cloth from a scouser but that lanky streak of piss would have been on the deck before he could have said boo to a goose if that was my bike!

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davel [1862 posts] 6 months ago
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SingleSpeed wrote:
Rider X wrote:

Perhaps because getting a knife in the gut is not worth making a point to someone who isn't going  listen?

 

Guess they just don't make 'em like they used to, or Londoners are cut from a different cloth from a scouser but that lanky streak of piss would have been on the deck before he could have said boo to a goose if that was my bike!

With Bad to the Bone playing on your car radio and a convertible-load of underwear models coming over and giving you their numbers cos of how macho you are.

Yeah, it's easy on the Internet, eh?

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don simon [1422 posts] 6 months ago
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Sort that bloody saddle out, nose is definitely pointing too far north!

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vonhelmet [846 posts] 6 months ago
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SingleSpeed wrote:

I still don't get why at no point did the driver not get out and confront him

Judging by the voices the lady in the car only noticed in the last ten seconds or so, by which point they'd driven off.

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SNS1938 [123 posts] 6 months ago
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I mostly lock my bikes to my Thule racks, but will make sure I do 100% of the time now. What a douche.

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Christopher TR1 [151 posts] 6 months ago
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Something about his appearance. He just looks like a retard scum piece of worthless shite, even before his thieving fingers start going about their evil business. This creature needs to be deleted from the gene pool!

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jds_1981 [1 post] 6 months ago
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No one else notice that this guy appeared to have a buddy?

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hampsoc [26 posts] 6 months ago
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jds_1981 wrote:

No one else notice that this guy appeared to have a buddy?

Good spot!

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kitsunegari [306 posts] 6 months ago
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The police, as usual, won't give a shit.

Lesson learned hopefully to the bike owner though - I never put my bikes on the rack without a couple of locks. A long cable for the wheels, and a D-Lock to the rack.

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ChainedToTheWheel [20 posts] 6 months ago
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"Hey, you wanna buy a cheap bike, innit? I took it up Ventoux, right, but now I want sumfin more aero like, innit?"

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griggers [26 posts] 6 months ago
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Rear view mirror?

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crazy-legs [933 posts] 6 months ago
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griggers wrote:

Rear view mirror?

If the back of the car was piled high with bags etc, the driver/passenger may not have noticed. Car behind hooting could be anything so they may not have been craning their necks round to find out what it was.

If it was my car and I'd ahve seen it happening, I'd have accelerated to a speed the guy could just about keep up with then slammed the brakes on and hit reverse.

"terribly sorry officer, a cat ran into the road and I had to brake hard. reverse? no, must be mistaken, he ended up underneath the car like that"

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