Originally published on Bikocity.
A prompt return of a recently stolen GoCycle electric bike makes this a fun and somewhat full-circle story. It also explores theft in the modern-day age of communications and electric vehicles. The facts as we are aware: A GoCycle electric bike was stolen in London but came back to the owner via taxi cab, delivered back at the GoCycle warehouse. Confused? Read on….
Ben Jaconelli had left the bike securely locked on Hackney’s Kingsland Road, but returned after 20 minutes to find it was gone.
He reported the theft to the police, but resigned himself to the worst until he received an unexpected phone call.
The 30-year-old happens to own e-bike online retailerFullycharged.com and recently opened a shop on Old Street roundabout.
He’s also the authorised GoCycle dealer for the area, making him a rather obvious – if poorly-thought-out – point of contact for the person who had taken his bike once it ran out of power.
“The thief called me, unaware that it was my bike,” he said.
“He asked for a charger for a Go Cycle and I knew straight away it had to be the thief.
“I took down as many details for him as possible and then set about tracking him down.
“One of the guys at our warehouse has an old army truck so we piled in to that and turned up at his house.
“He was out, but his bemused mother was in and she got straight on the phone to her son to demand to know why he wanted an electric bike charger.
“A minute later he called me and asked why I was at his house and I said ‘you stole my bike.’
“He hung up and 20 minutes later the bike arrived at the warehouse in a taxi.”
Oy, what a world.
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