Pro bikers turn detective to reclaim stolen £3k bike
TWO victims of crime turned detective and persuaded a Swansea gang to return their £3,000 mountain bike.
Professional dirt jumpers Adam Williams and Danny Pace received a tip-off and drove in Adam's van, with some pals in another vehicle, to an estate in Waunarlwydd.
After talking to people there, they quickly established that the missing Identiti P66 bike was in the neighbourhood.
And, following persistent pressure by the duo and their friends, Adam was told the following evening they could come and get the bike.
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"After two days of speaking to these scum we finally got the bike back," said Adam, 22, of Tycoch, whose van containing Danny's bike had been targeted a week before the tip-off. "I'm not saying we got it back by asking nicely."
Danny, 26, of Gorseinon, said: "It feels good to get it back — mainly because the people who stole it have not got it anymore.
"I believe in taking the law into my own hands."
The duo said that, in their view, the police had not shown sufficient interest in the crime.
But South Wales Police said that scenes of crime officers attended following the theft, made house-to-house enquiries and kept Adam informed of the progress of the investigation.
Danny described the estate they visited as "sketchy", and said they'd been warned they might be dealing with people who carried knives.
Danny said: "I didn't see evidence of this, but I could well and truly believe it."
Adam claimed that during their inquiries they learned that youths were sent from the estate to "posh areas" like Sketty to steal. Stolen items were then stored, he said, and had to be sold within three days. He said he was taken to a storage area at one point but that the bike wasn't there.
When they finally collected it, stickers had been removed, parts of the frame sanded and cheap pedals put on, but it was otherwise in good working order.
The duo, who missed a dirt jumping event in Germany due to the theft, were back competing in Northamptonshire yesterday.
Adam admitted they'd been naive to leave the bike overnight in his van, from which other items were also taken. He said he did not want to involve police with their enquiries as he felt the gang would say nothing if officers turned up.
A police spokesman said the crime was still under investigation.
"Mr Williams may have recovered the bicycle but he has not informed the police of this," he said.
"As a victim of crime, if he has information concerning the perpetrator he should pass that onto the police so that the criminal investigation can continue."
He added that officers often attended incidents where there had been no forced entry, presenting easy opportunities for thieves.
A spokeswoman for Victim Support said: "It is not a good idea for victims of crime to take justice into their own hands."