Woman plans sting operation to recover stolen bicycle from thief

Jenni Morton-Humphreys with her stolen, then recovered, bike.
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Jenni Morton-Humphreys with her stolen, then recovered, bike.

When British woman Jenni Morton-Humphreys saw her stolen bike being advertised on Facebook, she quickly hatched a plan to get it back.

The drama began when Morton-Humphreys' locked racing bike was taken from a street in Bristol, UK, she told the Bristol Post.

Within hours, she saw it advertised on Facebook, and decided to contact the seller to try and get it back.

Jenni Morton-Humphreys' much loved bike.
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Jenni Morton-Humphreys' much loved bike.

She told police about her plan, but they discouraged the potentially risky sting.

READ MORE: Police battle bike theft epidemic in central Auckland suburbs

Undeterred, Morton-Humphreys made contact with the bike's "owner" to arrange a test ride.

A friend went along but walked ahead so the thief would not know they were together.

"I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike," she said.

"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," she said.

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"I pedalled as fast as I could."

The furious seller texted Morton-Humphreys' accomplice, saying "I need 95 quid lively."

Her friend replied

"Lesson to be learned son. Don't steal from the cycling community for a quick fix. You played yourself."

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