A cyclist girl reclaimed her stolen bike after seeing it on the internet where a thief selling it in a cunning sting operation.
The 30 years old Jenni Morton-Humphreys hatched the plot when she saw her cherished blue cycle was being advertised on Facebook after one hour when it was taken.
Immediately she appealed on social media site’s Bristol Cycling for help from the city center on July 9.
A user on this site saw the expensive bike for sale and offered a meeting with the seller man, according to Bristol Post reports.
A meeting was arranged on last Monda with Ms. Morton goes along, but she was posing as an interested buyer.
She said police advised her, this can be harmful to her and said they could not accompany her.
But she was worried about her beloved bike so she met the man.
She told newspaper “I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike”.
“I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out.
“I made sure I had nothing on me, no possessions at all apart from the stuff in my hands – and they were a cigarette packet and a set of keys. I handed them to this guy as I got on the bike and said ‘here, hold my stuff’.
“That meant he let go of the bike for the first time. I wobbled off a bit on the bike and then when I was a couple of yards away I just went for it.
“I pedaled as fast as I could.”
The man just had an empty packet of cigarettes and the keys which were in the lock of Ms. Morton-Humphreys’s bike.
The angry seller confronted the cyclist’s co-conspirator, with whom he had been dealing online.
“She’s probably taking it straight home,” her accomplice replied.
He added: “Not surprised though, because it is her bike that was stolen yesterday.
“Lesson to be learned son. Don’t steal from the cycling community for a quick fix. You played yourself.”
Ms. Morton-Humphreys said she was delighted to discover her bike had been “spruced up” upon getting it home, with someone having even fixed a broken light.