San Francisco bike theft thwarted + Video

Young woman bravely tackles villain

by Mark Appleton   July 27, 2011  

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Sometimes, as the saying goes, it takes a woman to do a man’s job.

Step forward a feisty young female known so far only as Kristen, who stopped a San Francisco bike thief in his tracks and saved someone from the heartache of finding their bike missing, possibly never to be seen again.

The incident was captured on security video and shows a man who appears to be well-versed in bike-thieving, targeting what must have been an inadequately secured bike outside the offices of global communications company WCG.

The would-be thief takes a cutting tool from his bag and quickly cuts through what we assume to be a cable before he is – luckily – slightly delayed sorting out the pedals.

Just as he appears to be making good his escape a door bursts open and our heroine enters stage left.

Kristen intercepts the villain in the nick of time, a split second later and he would have been gone. Knocked off balance, the crook drops the bike and his bag just as a couple of Kristen’s male colleagues arrive on the scene.

Then, picking up his bag and pausing momentarily to retrieve an item he drops, the miscreant breaks into a run as he high-tails it around the corner.

Although not apprehended the villain may well be thinking twice before attempting such brazen daylight robbery in future.  

Meanwhile there is one very lucky  bike owner in San Francisco who definitely owes Kristen a beverage or two.
 

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Good on her. Many other people would have just watched as he rode off.

posted by thereverent [297 posts]
27th July 2011 - 12:24

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Cynical comment of the day.

The Met would have nicked her for assault.

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
27th July 2011 - 13:36

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Well done that girl but why (when there was 3 of them) not go the extra bit and make a citizen's arrest? Where exactly does the law stand if say, he was pushed to the ground and restrained (sat on by a couple of people) until the police arrived? Personally I might have been tempted to try that. Thinking

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posted by Felix [109 posts]
27th July 2011 - 14:13

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Thinking Personally I'd have gone into my CCTV room and deleted the video tape as my colleagues take him into the basement Wink

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posted by Municipal Waste [190 posts]
27th July 2011 - 14:55

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They did go the extra bit. They could've done nothing and instead stopped a theft.

Good for you if you'd risk life and limb for a stranger's bike, but I think most people would be happy just to stop the bike from being stolen whilst avoiding a confrontation with a large man armed with tools.

posted by kaybee [23 posts]
27th July 2011 - 15:10

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"The Met would have nicked her for assault."

Now that wouldn't surprise me, plus they would have returned 'his' bike to him.

posted by Recumbenteer [142 posts]
27th July 2011 - 15:19

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