Bike theft victim pulls off audacious sting to get property back

A helpful stranger spotted an online ad selling a bike Jenni Morton Humphreys listed on Facebook as stolen just hours earlier

A helpful stranger spotted an online ad selling a bike Jenni Morton Humphreys listed on Facebook as stolen just hours earlier

In a freakish incident, a woman from Bristol, UK "stole" her bicycle back from a thief who advertised it for sale on Facebook.

Jenni Morton-Humphreys was reunited with her German racing bike within 24 hours of it being pinched - after seeing it advertised for sale on Facebook.

The two then made a decision to buy the cycle back from the vendor.

Jenni was delighted to find the thieves had given her bike some TLC when they had it overnight.

Undeterred she and a friend approached the vendor and arranged a meeting.

"I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the cycle".

Last Monday a meet-up was arranged, with Ms Morton-Humphreys going along posing as an interested buyer.

Morton-Humphreys called police to let them know of her plans and to ask them to join her to get the bike back.

"I handed them to this guy as I got on the bike and said 'here, hold my stuff". I wobbled off a bit on the bike and then when I was a couple of yards away I just went for it.

Someone shouted "she's not coming back" and the shocked bike thief began texting Morton-Humphreys's co-conspirator, who had pretended to be her brother.

She managed to convince the thief to let her "test drive" the bike - before speeding off.

"If I just gave them some keys and cigarettes they would think I would come back". My main thought was that I was anxious because I didn't really know where I was, where I was going, or the area at all, and I was anxious that I might have to go back that way or end up going round in a circle.

Angry, the seller confronted him before he replied: "She's probably took it straight home", according to the newspaper.

The £800 Cube bike was stolen about six weeks ago from a bike rack at the Harbourside in Bristol.

"Lesson to be learnt son".

The 30-year-old had appealed for help on the Bristol Cycling social media page when it was stolen from the city centre on July 9, the Bristol Post reported.

She said: 'They had spruced the bike up a bit overnight - they'd even fixed the front light'.

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