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Video: Hapless would-be bike thief given slapstick treatment

If Vittorio De Sica had directed in the slapstick genre, the classic Bicycle Thieves may have turned out like this ...

A would-be bike thief in the US has been caught on CCTV trying – and failing – to make off with a donated bicycle stored outside a shop, resulting in a video very much in the slapstick genre.

His target was bikes donated to Woodinville Bicycle in Woodinville, Washington state, that are destined to be passed onto people in Africa.

In the description to a video posted to YouTube, the shop said: “Woodinville Bicycle collects donations for the Village Bicycle Project. We store the donated bikes in front of the shop under the canopy. This particular gentleman decided he should be a recipient. Gotcha!”

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In the video, which has been speeded up for extra comic effect and, naturally, is accompanied by the song Yakety Sax – better known as the Benny Hill Theme Tune – the man can be seen using a ladder and a stool to try and get hold of one of the bikes.

At one point, the ladder slides from beneath him, and he is left dangling in mid-air, holding onto the mudguard. As he prepares to have yet another try, the police arrive and he disappears – it’s not clear whether he was caught.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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tommytwoparrots | 8 years ago

Great fun, but it shows how persistant thives are..


J90 | 8 years ago

How many 5-0??

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Pierre | 8 years ago

I wish that many police turned up every time an attempted bike theft was reported in the UK...

forcrz6 | 8 years ago
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I had to watch it twice. It was so funny I had tears the first time. The bennie hill music gives it the perfect mood. Well done good sirs. 

Condor Andy | 8 years ago
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Lol, what a plank laugh

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