Bristol cyclist steals back her own £800 bike in sting

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

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

Jenni Morton-Humphreys, from Bristol, found her bike on social media.

Within hours, she saw it advertised on Facebook, and chose to contact the seller to try and get it back.

Morton-Humphreys told police about her plan, but they did not help her with the sting or arrest the man selling it.

They arranged a time for Jenni to meet a friend of the seller on a street corner of Stapleton Road, Easton, once known as the most risky street in Britain.

She pretended to take the bike on a test ride before cycling away on it.

And there's an even happier end to this story.

"I handed them to this guy as I got on the bike and said 'here, hold my stuff".

"I made sure I had nothing on me, no possessions at all apart from the stuff in my hands - and they were a cigarette packet and a set of keys".

She arranged to meet a man selling her bike on a street corner the morning after it was taken, in the centre of Bristol when she went for brunch.

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'That meant he let go of the bike for the first time. "I pedalled as fast as I could", she said.

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

"If I just gave them some keys and cigarettes they would think I would come back".

"But it was fine because quite soon, I hit a big roundabout and was able to find a different way back to the city centre, so I wasn't scared at that point".

Jenni's new pal, who asked not to be named, replied: 'She's probably took it straight home.

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

"Lesson to be learned son".

A woman reclaimed her stolen bicycle from thieves after reportedly executing a sting operation on a man reselling it online.

She also said she was more anxious about her bike's safety when she came face to face with the culprits, in case it was vandalised.

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