A thief in China chopped down a tree – so he could steal the bike that had been locked to it.
The brazen theft was caught by CCTV cameras in Changsha, Hunan Province, reports Asia Raw News.
The man runs over to the tree- a young one, perhaps, but with a trunk that still has a diameter of maybe six inches – and starts cutting it with some kind of saw.
He briefly out of screen before returning to deliver the coup de grace that sends the tree crashing to the ground.
Then he lifts the bike off what is now a stump, slings it onto the back of the scooter he arrived on, and makes off.
While not all thieves would go the extremes shown here, you should always lock your bike to something fixed … and that can’t be chopped down.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.