Thief caught trying to sell stolen bike – back to family he pinched it from

This is the moment a dozy thief was caught red-handed trying to sell a stolen bike for £100 – back to the family he stole it from.

The footage was filmed by single-mum Jemma Shaw, 29, who lured the thief in to her home after offering to buy the bike less than 24 hours after it was taken.

Jemma’s 12-year-old son Alfie Whitby had his beloved BMX stolen from a park close to their home in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire on Sunday.

Mum-of-two Jemma scoured Facebook and saw the thief had listed the item for sale on a local selling site so contacted the seller to see if she could have a look at it.

The hapless thief can be heard on the video saying ‘I’ve had it for ages’ after being challenged by Jemma about where he got the bike from.


He is seen trudging into Jemma’s front room with the bike and she challenges him: "No you haven’t, you stole this yesterday, you’re on video."

The thief, who was sporting a South Park t-shirt, then huffs ‘errr, ok then’ and then makes a run for it out the front door.

Jemma then shouts after him: "You have stolen from a 12-year-old boy – you absolute evil b*****d."

But it wasn’t all bad news for Jemma and Alfie – who bought the bike for £160 new – as the thief had even fixed his broken back brake.


Jemma, who has lived at the address for a year and owns her own cleaning business, said: "Over the past year I have become a very spiritual person.

"I now see the good in everyone.

"I don’t believe we should be scared of people like this or be worried about things happening in the places where they live.


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"People have posted to me saying I was brave – I wasn’t, I just wanted to get the bike back.

"I just wanted to show my son you shouldn’t be scared of people like this and that you can stand up to them without being violent."

She added: "It’s despicable how he managed to get the bike from a 12-year-old boy and I was angry – but I hope this horrible human being has learned his lesson."

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: "We always encourage anyone who has had any property stolen to call us in the first instance and report it."

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