Over 100 stolen bikes recovered thanks to Bedford victim’s sleuthing

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Fed up with having his bicycle stolen, four in total. A Bedford resident decided that he had enough.

The resident set up some video surveillance and caught the thieving scumbag, not once but twice in the act of bike theft.

He then did some internet research and found his bike for sale via social media, he managed to get an address, which was passed to the police

Officers attended the address of the seller in Bedford, and a 41-year-old man from the town was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

He has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

Officers recovered in excess of 100 bikes at the property.

PC Jade Kilbey, investigating, said: “This was a proactive arrest carried out off the back of intelligence provided by a member of the public who had been a victim of bike theft. The number of bicycles we have recovered is significant and it would be great to be able to reunite some of them with their rightful owners.

“We would urge anyone who has had their pedal cycle stolen within the Bedford area in recent weeks to get in contact with the make, model, colour and serial number of their bike, along with any other distinguishing features.

“Please bear in mind our contact centre is extremely busy and must prioritise emergency calls, so please use our online reporting centre to provide details, using the crime reference 40/35795/20: https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-a-crime.”

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