Support road.cc

Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Video: “That’s not their bike” – London bicycle thieves filmed using angle grinder

Incident happened last Saturday afternoon in busy centre of Greenwich

A ​new video has emerged of bike thieves in London using a portable angle grinder to try and steal a bike by cutting its lock.

The incident took place at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon on King William Walk in Greenwich, according to the Twitter account @CrimeLDN.

As the three thieves, wearing masks, notice that they are being filmed, a woman can be heard off-camera saying “That’s not their bike at all.”

Meanwhile a driver also apparently beeps their horn at them, and a passing dog also wanders over to see what is going on.

Thieves in London and beyond are increasingly going equipped to steal bikes through using portable angle grinders, which nowadays can be small and relatively inexpensive, to cut through locks.

And as in this case – filmed at the junction of King William Walk with the busy Nelson Road at a time on a Saturday afternoon when the centre of Greenwich would be bustling with visitors – often the thieves are unbothered about how busy the area is, or about being filmed.

In November last year we reported on another case in south east London where a gang was filmed using an angle grinder to steal an e-bike outside a shopping centre.

That theft took place outside the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre in Rotherhithe, with the footage shot by road.cc reader Martin Pelant, who passed it onto police and, when he returned, the bike’s owner.

One of the thieves’ faces was clearly caught on camera, and the owner of the bike subsequently passed on a “possible ID” of one of the suspects to police.

> “Possible ID” on member of Surrey Quays angle-grinder bike theft gang passed on to police

Last month, thieves attempting to steal a bike on Leith Walk in Edinburgh by cutting the lock with an angle grinder fled when they were challenged by passers-by.

After the thieves fled, the people who had thwarted them waited by the bike for an hour to safeguard it until its owner, a nurse, returned.

> Thieves attempting to steal bike using angle grinder thwarted by passing locals

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

Add new comment

8 comments

Avatar
JustTryingToGet... | 1 year ago
5 likes

I'm feeling a lot of love for the people that waited by the bike for the owner to return.

Avatar
AlsoSomniloquism replied to JustTryingToGetFromAtoB | 1 year ago
2 likes

Is that sarcasm, or was that mentioned somewhere?

Edit, realised it is the bottom story, not this one. 

Avatar
brooksby | 1 year ago
1 like

I wonder where this would fall in the Met's hierarchy of urgency, if you were to phone it in?

Avatar
shoko replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
9 likes

I'm surprised that the Met hadn't stopped them earlier, they don't appear to be "dressed for the climate" and they'd probably not been riding “very courteously” either.

Avatar
brooksby replied to shoko | 1 year ago
1 like

That "dressed for the climate" story was ridiculous! surprise

Avatar
JustTryingToGet... replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
4 likes
brooksby wrote:

That "dressed for the climate" story was ridiculous! surprise

They are not allowed to pretend they can smell weed any more so they have to come up with something new and interesting.

Avatar
brooksby replied to JustTryingToGetFromAtoB | 1 year ago
1 like
JustTryingToGetFromAtoB wrote:
brooksby wrote:

That "dressed for the climate" story was ridiculous! surprise

They are not allowed to pretend they can smell weed any more so they have to come up with something new and interesting.

Unless the person is a minor, in school, apparently...

Avatar
chrisonabike replied to JustTryingToGetFromAtoB | 1 year ago
4 likes
JustTryingToGetFromAtoB wrote:
brooksby wrote:

That "dressed for the climate" story was ridiculous! surprise

They are not allowed to pretend they can smell weed any more so they have to come up with something new and interesting.

Sounds like Constable Savage again: "walking in a loud shirt in a built-up area during the hours of darkness", "smelling of foreign food".

Latest Comments