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Urgent advice needed

Discussion in 'Stolen Bikes' started by ozboz, 1 Oct 2016.

  1. ozboz

    ozboz Senior Member

    Location:
    Richmond ,Surrey
    my girlfreind had her bike knicked last Wednesday , we have found it findthat bike site , linked to gumtree , but it says when clicked ad no longer available , what can be done ? Any ideas ?
     
  2. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along Staff Member

    Location:
    Manchester way
    I'd report it to the Police with whatever proof of ownership / photos etc you can muster and put them onto the sellers tail to chase who they sold it on to.

    If you've already reported it then contact them with the crime number and have the latest info added to the crime with a request for it to be followed up - as opposed to them thinking you're just making them aware for info only.
     
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  3. steve50

    steve50 Disenchanted Member

    Try contacting the seller "is the bike still available mate ?" "can you text me if it is please"
    worse case scenario, you don't get a reply, on the other hand if they do reply , you have a mobile number.
     
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  4. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    ^^^ - This - ring plod, advise you've found it and ask them to get onto it.
     
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  5. steve50

    steve50 Disenchanted Member

    But don't expect them to do it anytime soon. If you go down the suggested "text me" route and it works you can always ask the seller if they have anymore bikes for sale, you never know, you could end up going to "view" a bike...............
     
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  6. ozboz

    ozboz Senior Member

    Location:
    Richmond ,Surrey
    Cheers , it has got a crime number , but no joy till Monday with cops , no way of contacting seller , if there was I wouldnt be getting the police involved ,
    It was pinched in Chiswick but for sale in Richmond , have gumtree any legal obligation re the sale of stolen stuff ?
    The big give away is the rear skewer is off my turbo trainer , you can see it plain as day on the GTree ad
     
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  7. ozboz

    ozboz Senior Member

    Location:
    Richmond ,Surrey
    Apparently the police may not be able to do anything due to data protection, ffs !!
     
  8. I think the only legal obligation that Gumtree have is to make sure that anything sold on their site is nicked to begin with.
     
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  9. Hire a Private Investigator with a reputation for breaking people's legs :rolleyes: In seriousness I'm not sure how to handle that but best of luck!
     
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  10. steve50

    steve50 Disenchanted Member

    see if the same seller has anything else for sale on gumtree or elsewhere, you could even try a facebook search using the name from gumtree, it's surprising what crops up on social networking sites.
     
  11. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guru

    Location:
    Crawley
    That's a pain. I know this doesn't help you, but I successfully recovered my stolen camera in similar circs. Had it nicked from my car in Surrey reported it to the Police. Went web searching, found it on the pre loved website, which linked to a Cash Generator in leafy Peckham. Emailed the police on a Sunday afternoon. They updated their files, emailed me back and got in touch with the Met. Met went in on the Monday and recovered it. (I didn't see it for several weeks, as it was evidence).
     
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  12. ozboz

    ozboz Senior Member

    Location:
    Richmond ,Surrey
    A person that GF regularly personally trains , has a 1600 followers on twitter , ( possibly because of his appearances on the Beeb ) he duly tweeted the story and thread , Gumtree have responded to him this evening to say they are following this up and once Police informed they will contact Gumtree Law inforcement team and follow it up
    Result maybe !!
    Below is the ad ,
    If you look closely, you will notice that the headset spacers are at the top , I did that becsuse the bars were to high for her ,
    Also , check out the rear skewer , you can just make out it is differerent to the front as said earlier its off my turbo t,
    It was being used as a trainer for young cyclists to learn how to shift through the gears , as per the photo at a fete she recently attended as part of a ready to ride scheme for 14-24 year olds that she has developed and being part funded Sportivate for active travel, image.png image.jpeg

    image.png
     
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  13. ozboz

    ozboz Senior Member

    Location:
    Richmond ,Surrey
    Glimmer of hope , the Police have been given the name of the seller from Gumtree , and they are going to investigate , ,
     
  14. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    Hope you it back in good "Nick"
    Smart looking bike.
     
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  15. steve50

    steve50 Disenchanted Member

    Good!!! I hope they catch the scummy thief and recover your bike.
     
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