You may recall Ross’s stolen bike post yesterday.
He got it back
Oisin takes up the story:
My bike had been robbed from my shed on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. It was brand new; I only had it two weeks. I started looking on gumtree etc. to try and find it. I tracked down the seller who had it up on gumtree. I rang him but he said he had just sold it but could get me a different racer bike the next day.
I googled his number and found a list of previous ads on gumtree selling bikes, Playstations, golf clubs etc. at really low prices and with dodgy sounding ads. The next day he sent me a picture of this other racer (a picture of Ross’s bike, above) he would sell me. I googled this bike and found this post. I also found the seller’s name, photo and age on a dating website he used
So I contacted Ross and went to the Gardai with him. Ross and I had been texting the seller and we arranged a fake buy. The seller was caught by the Gardai, and Ross’s bike was found along with two other bikes.
I also tracked down the guy who bought my bike on adverts.ie. He had said he looked at the stolen bike databases online but hadn’t seen mine so thought the bike was legit and bought it. The next day when my was stolen I put an ad on bikeregister.ie, he saw the ad and fair play to him, he reported it to the Gardai. So they went to get it from him. The poor f**ker is down €400 quid though!
So moral of the story is register your bike and pursue it if it is lost. And be aware how much of your personal information is on the net!