Bike stolen outside Witham home

Bike stolen outside Witham home

Bike stolen outside Witham home

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A bike was stolen from outside a home in Witham.

The Carrera Subway was stolen from Battesford Court between January 20 and 22.

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4:43pm Sun 2 Feb 14

pierre-pierre says...

its now in Hong Kong or India

after alll it was stolen 11 days ago
its now in Hong Kong or India after alll it was stolen 11 days ago pierre-pierre
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6:42pm Sun 2 Feb 14

keith_l says...

Perhaps it should have been locked up?

Pierre, it won't be in Hong Kong. It will be in the second hand shop in Powers Hall.

The last report of a stolen unlocked bike was also a Carerra Subway.
Perhaps it should have been locked up? Pierre, it won't be in Hong Kong. It will be in the second hand shop in Powers Hall. The last report of a stolen unlocked bike was also a Carerra Subway. keith_l
  • Score: 3

11:18pm Sun 2 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Browsing an un-associated web site elsewhere that dealt with the subject of the cars most likely to be stolen I noticed that they were described as being good quality well engineered, but slightly naff in a spivy sort of way along with a suggestion that that was why they appealed to the criminals who steal them.

Are Carrera Subways good quality well engineered, slightly naff spivy sort of bikes?

A clue to the conundrum highlighted by Kieth_I’ perhaps?
Browsing an un-associated web site elsewhere that dealt with the subject of the cars most likely to be stolen I noticed that they were described as being good quality well engineered, but slightly naff in a spivy sort of way along with a suggestion that that was why they appealed to the criminals who steal them. Are Carrera Subways good quality well engineered, slightly naff spivy sort of bikes? A clue to the conundrum highlighted by Kieth_I’ perhaps? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Mon 3 Feb 14

keith_l says...

It is a reasonably well engineered mid range general road use bike (like a mountain bike but with smoother tyres). It's a bit mainstream - there are lots of the around so they can't easily be identified, and significantly they are nearly always on some sort of offer at Halfords.

I had one nicked from outside Witham Railway Station about six or seven years ago (yes it was locked with a substantial chain, which was cut with bolt croppers or similar). The Police said try all second hand shops in towns along the line from Witham, but at the time I didn't know about the shop in Powers Hall area. They also said that bike theft was a problem at Witham because there are no ticket barriers, so the average bike thief doesn't buy a ticket and gets on and off at stations without barriers. Also, at the time the only bike parking was on the railings and there's no CCTV there.

Perhaps if I had reported it to BWT and not the Police then the publicity might have got it back for me (but I doubt it)!
It is a reasonably well engineered mid range general road use bike (like a mountain bike but with smoother tyres). It's a bit mainstream - there are lots of the around so they can't easily be identified, and significantly they are nearly always on some sort of offer at Halfords. I had one nicked from outside Witham Railway Station about six or seven years ago (yes it was locked with a substantial chain, which was cut with bolt croppers or similar). The Police said try all second hand shops in towns along the line from Witham, but at the time I didn't know about the shop in Powers Hall area. They also said that bike theft was a problem at Witham because there are no ticket barriers, so the average bike thief doesn't buy a ticket and gets on and off at stations without barriers. Also, at the time the only bike parking was on the railings and there's no CCTV there. Perhaps if I had reported it to BWT and not the Police then the publicity might have got it back for me (but I doubt it)! keith_l
  • Score: 2

6:33am Tue 4 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Keith's comments unlocked a distant memory of mine. A long time ago, when Raleigh Choppers were the new 'in thing' for kids to have, a brand new one went missing from my garden. The police weren't too confident of it being found so I thought about trying a bit of DIY investigation.

I reckoned that if anyone was likely to notice a bike of that type newly arrived somewhere else it would be another kid. I set out to ask all the newsagents in town if they wouldn't mind letting their paper boys know of the theft - and obviously of the prospect of a reward in the offing for its discovery.

I only got as far as asking the second shop when the lady in charge said "Oh no, your boy hasn't had his bike stolen, he left it here outside my shop yesterday - I was only saying to my husband how irresponsible children are these days in not looking after things like new bikes". (Little did she know that her shop being at the opposite side of town was far beyond the range of my boy at that time).

Needless to say it wasn't still there, but I decided to 'stake out the area' and in no time at all I came across two 'dear little chaps' sitting in an underpass with what seemed to be an identical bike.

Hey that's nice bike I said, did you get that for your birthday"? I asked the one holding the bike. Before he could answer, the other kid, (the one with an even greater quantity of jam all over his face - funny what you remember) interjected and said "no, he nicked-ded it".

Off we all went to see his mum (there was no dad). "Oh you naughty boy Paul" she cried "I've been telling you take that back. You naughty naughty boy". Her words were clearly meant to impress me far more than junior who was seemingly lacking any real interest in proceedings. (I suspect that by this time his thoughts were most likely predicated on the whereabouts his next jam sandwich).

Ownership of the said bike not being in dispute, I bade my farewell and took the bike back home. Mission accomplished.

I called in at the Police Station later that night to report the outcome. The officer - yes that was in the good old days when there were real police officers who could be found in ‘open all hours’ police stations manning desks to which the public could access - as soon as I mentioned the address where I recovered the bike from, with a great theatrical flourish collapsed across the desk and simply moaned saying “Oh no, not them, they are one our best customers”!

A few weeks later the same ‘best customers” were in the news. Mum was being taken to task for robbing her own gas meter. Whilst being chastised, having been caught spending handfuls of five pence pieces, she received particular approbation from the beak for having tried to shift the blame onto her young son. “I told him he was a naughty naughty boy and not to do it” I could imagine her pleading in mitigation………
…….

I wonder how young Paul has turned out all these years later. Must be in his forties now.
Keith's comments unlocked a distant memory of mine. A long time ago, when Raleigh Choppers were the new 'in thing' for kids to have, a brand new one went missing from my garden. The police weren't too confident of it being found so I thought about trying a bit of DIY investigation. I reckoned that if anyone was likely to notice a bike of that type newly arrived somewhere else it would be another kid. I set out to ask all the newsagents in town if they wouldn't mind letting their paper boys know of the theft - and obviously of the prospect of a reward in the offing for its discovery. I only got as far as asking the second shop when the lady in charge said "Oh no, your boy hasn't had his bike stolen, he left it here outside my shop yesterday - I was only saying to my husband how irresponsible children are these days in not looking after things like new bikes". (Little did she know that her shop being at the opposite side of town was far beyond the range of my boy at that time). Needless to say it wasn't still there, but I decided to 'stake out the area' and in no time at all I came across two 'dear little chaps' sitting in an underpass with what seemed to be an identical bike. Hey that's nice bike I said, did you get that for your birthday"? I asked the one holding the bike. Before he could answer, the other kid, (the one with an even greater quantity of jam all over his face - funny what you remember) interjected and said "no, he nicked-ded it". Off we all went to see his mum (there was no dad). "Oh you naughty boy Paul" she cried "I've been telling you take that back. You naughty naughty boy". Her words were clearly meant to impress me far more than junior who was seemingly lacking any real interest in proceedings. (I suspect that by this time his thoughts were most likely predicated on the whereabouts his next jam sandwich). Ownership of the said bike not being in dispute, I bade my farewell and took the bike back home. Mission accomplished. I called in at the Police Station later that night to report the outcome. The officer - yes that was in the good old days when there were real police officers who could be found in ‘open all hours’ police stations manning desks to which the public could access - as soon as I mentioned the address where I recovered the bike from, with a great theatrical flourish collapsed across the desk and simply moaned saying “Oh no, not them, they are one our best customers”! A few weeks later the same ‘best customers” were in the news. Mum was being taken to task for robbing her own gas meter. Whilst being chastised, having been caught spending handfuls of five pence pieces, she received particular approbation from the beak for having tried to shift the blame onto her young son. “I told him he was a naughty naughty boy and not to do it” I could imagine her pleading in mitigation……… ……. I wonder how young Paul has turned out all these years later. Must be in his forties now. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

3:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

keith_l says...

If you tried that today, the Mum would tell you to F-off whilst "Paul" pulls a knife on you. Then you get arrested and charged with harrassment.
If you tried that today, the Mum would tell you to F-off whilst "Paul" pulls a knife on you. Then you get arrested and charged with harrassment. keith_l
  • Score: 3

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