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“Possible ID” on member of Surrey Quays angle-grinder bike theft gang passed on to police

Owner says gang filmed stealing his bike at busy shopping centre are known to police

The cyclist whose e-bike was filmed being stolen by a gang with a portable angle-grinder outside a shopping centre in South London on Saturday says that the attention the footage, first highlighted by in our story on Sunday, has received has led to him receiving a “possible ID” for one of the suspects, which he has passed on to police, who have said the gang is known to them.

> Thieves use angle grinder to steal Trek bike locked outside busy shopping centre

Surrey Quays bike theft (Martin Pelant)

Posting on the Stolen Bikes in London Facebook page, with a link to our story, Adem Lakeman said: “My bike, a Trek Powerfly 4 was stolen outside Surrey Quays Shopping Saturday 6th November.

“I’m sure some people may have seen the video of them already cutting the lock with an angle grinder.

“I would like to thank the people who are getting involved, sharing the video and giving it more attention.

“I have been receiving information from one of the bystanders that took the video who has been helping me immensely … even getting a possible address which I have passed on to the police. Thank you all,” he continued.

In a reply on the Facebook thread, he added: “I have had some one message me with a possible ID on one of the thieves. Plus the police mentioned they are known.

“The gentleman who took one of the videos has been incredibly helpful by sharing the video and sending me any information that comes his way.”

Quoted on Mail Online, the 31-year-old, who is a bike mechanic at Cycles UK in Greenwich, said “I felt sick after seeing my bike stolen. Suffering from anxiety it’s the only way I feel comfortable getting around.

“When I started to see the videos shared on social media I felt better knowing that people I don't know were helping me find the thieves and sharing the theft online.

“The officer that came in to file a report told the victim that if they find it to call their number and that they'll do an undercover meet up,” he added.

The footage was filmed by reader Martin Pelant, who passed it on to police officers, as well as the bike’s owner when he arrived.

He told us on Sunday that he considered intervening further however he had concerns about the situation turning violent, and whether the gang might be carrying weapons.

After asking the man with the angle grinder, “Is that your bike?” and receiving no response, he continued filming.

“I focused on the one I could get a clear face of,” he said. “I just hope someone might recognise them and they get arrested. I never would have thought that something like this could happen in broad daylight with an angle grinder in front of all the people.

“There were quite a few people walking by and some of them observing from a distance. Another bystander was already on the phone with the police that arrived after 15 minutes. The shopping centre security is unfortunately located at the other entrance.”

The Metropolitan Police are continuing their investigation into the theft, and have requested anyone with information to contact officers on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC quoting the reference number CAD3931/06NOV.

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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tarquin_foxglove | 2 years ago


"I felt better knowing that people I don't know were helping me find the thieves and sharing the theft online.

“The officer that came in to file a report told the victim that if they find it to call their number and that they'll do an undercover meet up,” he added.

Let's hope the thief doesn't read the Daily Mail or

ktache | 2 years ago

I place my faith in a kryptonite New York fagadabadit chain when out and about, the older more portable version, the links being more the weight and thickness of the current New York. the new fagadabadit was transported to work and shall remain there until my contract ends.

My question is, does the flexible nature of the chain mean that the scrotes have greater difficulty in making the cuts required?  In the timed tests they seem to place the link in a vice, or at least fix it in place.

matthewn5 replied to ktache | 2 years ago
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My friend's bike was stolen using a fagadabadit chain. They cut clean through one link. Left the rest of the chain and took the bike.

0-0 | 2 years ago

Let's hope the Police grind off his 21 "digits" 😁

Captain Badger | 2 years ago

I think we all know who this is. Before we rush to judge, let's remember how tough it is for ex-soap stars, particularly outside panto season.

Rendel Harris replied to Captain Badger | 2 years ago

Oh no it isn't!

Steve K | 2 years ago

Potentially good news.  Let's hope the police follow this up rigorously.

brooksby replied to Steve K | 2 years ago

...or at all.

bobbinogs replied to Steve K | 2 years ago

Was it a police officer's bike?  No?? Oh well, stick it in that file over there...

brooksby replied to bobbinogs | 2 years ago

nicmason incoming in 3... 2...

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