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Fearless woman tracks down her stolen £300 bike on eBay because police 'too busy to help' before duping thief and riding away

A fearless woman tracked down her stolen bike on eBay before duping the thief and riding away on it.
The hospital worker said she took matters into her own hands after being told by police that they had no time to investigate the crime.
The Manchester Royal Infirmary worker said officers refused to investigate despite the thief being captured on CCTV taking her £300 mountain bike.
The woman, who asked not to be named through fear of reprisal, told Manchester Evening News : “The police said ‘nothing can be done, we’re understaffed’.”
She then spent several days searching for her bike on eBay and Gumtree and found it advertised five days later.
The thief wanted £125 for the bike, with a £50 starting bid on eBay.
The woman contacted police telling them she’d found the bicycle.
“They said ‘we can ring them, but they then usually vanish into thin air’,” she added.
“I told them that if they wouldn’t go round and get it, I’d do it myself.”
Police recommended she did not go to the thief’s house as she could put herself in danger.
But determined to get her bike back, she contacted the thief and arranged to go and see the bicycle.
She went with her husband, his brother and three friends for security.
They watched on from down the street as the woman knocked on the door and spoke to the thief.
She offered him £70 cash before asking if she could have a test ride.
The woman asked him to hold her bag - containing just used bus tickets - and then set off down the road.
She used one of the cars to block the thief’s view before cycling out of sight.
Once she had the bike back home bike, she called the police to inform them - and officers congratulated her.
The victim has been robbed six times in 14 years.
Her BMW F650 motorbike has been stolen twice from her home in Manchester.
Police recovered the motorcycle both times after the woman tracked it down.
“I did what I did as a matter of principle,” the woman added.
“It is like a military rule for me. For some people it’s just a bicycle, but it’s my bicycle.”
She added: “He looked innocent, like he wouldn’t be involved with crime at all. He was very polite.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman added: “At 5.35pm on January 19, police received a report of the theft a bicycle.
“Solving crime takes time and we allocate resources to investigate as soon as we possibly can.
“Each incident reported to us is dealt with based on the threat, harm and risk it poses and is prioritised appropriately.
“Officers will be reviewing the incident and making contact with the victim in due course.”

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