Cape Town man finds stolen bike on Gumtree

2012-10-12 11:13

Cape Town - A Cape Town man recovered his R65 000 custom-built mountain bike the same day it was stolen by spotting it on a classifieds website, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

John Wilkinson's Santa Cruz bike was stolen from his garage last Thursday, after getting it just a few days before.

He saw it advertised on the Gumtree website just hours after it was pinched and phoned a friend, tyre shop owner Waleed Baker, to help him get it back.

"I arranged to respond to the Gumtree advertisement and the person made contact with Waleed and me. The guy arrived at Pitstop [shop] and I waited in the office while Waleed spoke to him," Wilkinson told the newspaper.

He came out the office, identified his bike, and told the man he was in possession of stolen property.
Baker took the bike and the man drove off. Milnerton police had yet to track him down.

  • john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-12 11:18

    well done, very lucky

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-12 11:30

      Thank you Gumtree... We love you!!!

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-10-12 12:16

      U should have called the police before hand and set a trap for the thug. @ Jacob Zooma...they steal bicycles in Cape Town as to HIJACK people's cars in GAUTENG.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-12 11:32

    when are they sentencing jub jub? im tired of refreshing my news feeds

      hughfh - 2012-10-12 11:37

      LOL, exactly what I keep thinking!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-12 12:26

      Maybe it is raining again?

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-12 12:30

      ha ha ha me too, i even installed a diffrent browser thinking its internet explorer faulty

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-10-12 16:05

      Can't work out what the rain got to do with it, or is the court now under a tree??? Bush court???

  • harrisralph - 2012-10-12 11:38

    Way to go. You got your bike back...but let the criminal go? What an idiot!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-12 11:43

    And so another criminal goes free just to go and do the same thing over again!!! I suppose the owner didn't feel like the hassle of involving the police we will never know his reasons!!

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-10-12 11:48

    I won't go anywhere near Gumtree, sorry maybe others had good experiences- my impression though is that it has been badly 'infiltrated' by criminals- good for this guy though, he got lucky. Worth insuring these mountain-bikes, personally know of 5x friends who either had theirs stolen or got held up at gunpoint and robbed of their bikes. The criminals know these are high-value items, take care and don't ride alone.

  • LanfearM - 2012-10-12 11:52

    ROFL! Oh the irony of it. Kudos for getting the bike back, but an ass for not getting the police involved and nabbing the guy.

  • ester.venter.3 - 2012-10-12 11:56

    I have found that these type of articles can be euphamistic, and they ommit a great deal of info. Hopefully they beat the crap out of the guy before he had the oppertunity to drive off.

  • allan.blyth1 - 2012-10-12 12:03

    John Wilkinson's why did you not make a citizens arrest instead of now having the SAPD to look for him??

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-12 12:18

      Stick around guys ...More to this Soon...

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-12 12:20

    u let him go!! wtf dude??

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-10-12 12:59

    I doubt this guy is also into Crime ,Or he might be owing this guy some money ,So this Guy wanted to sell this Bike to recover his money

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-12 13:02

    he he, funny story, would have involved the police though, could have grabbed the bike snatcher on the spot

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-12 14:29

    Not very clever, though. He could have had the bastard in custody by just asking the police for help............or could he really?

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-12 14:36

    @ gordon.turner.37, the stolen item has to be booked in at the police station, and if needed in the court case as exhibit, be produced at trial, for instance to be identified to the court by the owner. The court would then have to make an order as to the disposal of the exhibit. Should the cycle never be needed as exhibit in the case, then the owner can claim his cycle back from the police. In some instances the prosecutor would be able to order the police to release the bicycle if the owner would sign an undertaking to produce the cycle at court, if needed as exhibit.

  • neale.pretorius.9 - 2012-10-12 20:57

    Don't thank Gumtree - they the most dodgy site ever. Even here in the UK - if something is stolen always look on Gumtree first and then e-bay.

  • Erna - 2012-10-13 06:45

    How stupid is the owner of the bike? Why didn't he have the police standing by?

  • Windhoek Lager - 2013-04-23 10:23

    Recently looked on Gumtree and OLX for second hand bike. I always ask for the serial number. A surprising number of would-be sellers never respond...

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  • Mariam Karlie - 2013-11-03 09:43

    Lucky you to find your bike within 24 hours but not so good not to involve the police - that would have been an amazing TAT turn around time or stats for police of reporting a crime and solving it - wow that would have made a big difference in police stats of excellence servive - as these culprits need to be caught as crime is too bad in South Africa and these culprits getting away with murder public and police must work together to combat crime - but anyway whatever you do to anybody openly or silently whether its stealing something or hurt touching the soul - you might get away with it just one more time but ah ah you will be caught still here on this Dhoenyah/Earth and Hereafter - lucky owner and culprit you will be caught soon

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