A cyclist from Hampshire whose bike was stolen just three days after he bought it has been reunited with it – after spotting it for sale on eBay.
John Whalvin’s Boardman CX bike was stolen from outside the library of Southampton Solent University, reports the Daily Echo .
Mr Whalvin, from the village of Rownhams near Southampton, suspected that the thieves might attempt to sell the stolen bike online, and spotted it for sale on eBay two days later.
His wife, posing as a potential purchaser, visited an address in Eastleigh to view the bike and rang police, waiting there until they arrived and arrested the would-be vendor, who said he had bought it via another website.
“When I found it online I was physically shaking and when we got it back I felt a whole weight of relief,” said Mr Whalvin.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of handling stolen goods and bailed him until September 9.
We’ve reported in the past on a number of cyclists who have got their stolen bikes back after spotting them for sale on websites such as eBay or Gumtree, and Craigslist in the United States.
In 2009, a cyclist whose bike was spotted for sale on eBay praised Avon & Somerset Constabulary for their help in getting it back, recovering it the same day he alerted them to the sale and even delivering it to his home.
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