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“Next time you steal a bike use a different lock”

The 2017 National Cycle Crime Survey revealed that only 10 per cent of victims get their stolen bike back again. Among their number is a London cyclist who stole theirs back again after apparently spotting it locked in a bike rack. They also went to the trouble of leaving a series of post-it notes for the thief.

The Metro reports that the four notes were spotted on Shoreditch high street by Tom Cridland on Tuesday night.

They read: “You cunt. Next time you steal a bike use a different lock! Thank you for leaving on our route to town. You can keep the seat as a momento [sic].”

Cridland said: “I love the little notes as I think they raise more questions than they do answers. Like how did the thief manage to get the lock off and use the same one to lock it up? Or how far away was the bike stolen from for it to end up back with its owner?

“There are just a lot of questions. It was raining too and the post it notes didn't look too wet or weren't hanging off so they must have only been stuck there about 20 minutes before.”

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 5 months ago
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Maybe the original owner just forgot where they had left it.

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StuInNorway [150 posts] 5 months ago
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I'm guessing it was originally left locked, but not locked "TOO" anything, hence thief simply lifted it and wandered off, securing it nearby with another lock through the saddle intending to come back and cut off the lock later on when less people around. Why else would they original owner leave the seat behind ?

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Leviathan [2932 posts] 5 months ago
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StuInNorway wrote:

I'm guessing it was originally left locked, but not locked "TOO" anything, hence thief simply lifted it and wandered off, securing it nearby with another lock through the saddle intending to come back and cut off the lock later on when less people around. Why else would they original owner leave the seat behind ?

General muppetry on both sides.

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garuda [37 posts] 5 months ago
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Leviathan wrote:
StuInNorway wrote:

I'm guessing it was originally left locked, but not locked "TOO" anything, hence thief simply lifted it and wandered off, securing it nearby with another lock through the saddle intending to come back and cut off the lock later on when less people around. Why else would they original owner leave the seat behind ?

General muppetry on both sides.

add the failure to use the correct homonym for "to" and the muppetry carries on

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DrG82 [217 posts] 5 months ago
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It could be a situation similar to what happend to a friend where a prospective thief locked a really old BSO around his bike to try and force him to leave the bike there over night when the thief could return and take the bike with bigger tools and less chance of being caught.

So maybe a thief locked the seat post to the stand and the owner just took the seat post out, although you'd think in this case they'd at least take the post and leave only the saddle, or even lock the saddle to the stand with a D-lock then return to recover the lock and hopefully saddle later.

 

 

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BigglesMeister [65 posts] 5 months ago
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It's pretty simple, the original lock was trashed when the bike was stolen.  The thief then locked the bike to an object through the saddle rails and nothing else using a short cheap and nasty lock.  The owner spotted the bike but having a multi tool with him and no bolt croppers, unbolted the saddle from the frame and got the bike back.