ARE bike thieves on the loose in Tuffley?
Coral Close resident Malcolm Wordley certainly thinks so, having seen “lowlifes” steal his grandson’s bicycle on Boxing Day.
He then found a brand new children’s bike - not his grandson’s - dumped in Holmleigh Park the next day and is hoping to reunite it with its rightful owner.
Mr Wordley said: “I came home from work on Boxing Day and my grandson said the gate was open. It was at about 8pm.
“There were two of these lowlife yobbos who we saw, who we then saw riding the bike down the road.
“We did try to go after them but they were too quick and they got away.
We didn’t get close really.”
The bike wasn’t a new one, but the brazen theft angered Mr Wordley and his 18-year-old grandson.
He was walking his dogs in the neighbouring park the following day, when he spotted a sparkling new kids mountain bike propped against a tree and a “suspicious looking” man running away.
“I take it it was a child’s Christmas present, it looked like it was stolen, I did see a person acting suspiciously but he ran off,” said Mr Wordley.
Mr Wordley is keeping that bike in his shed and wants to reunite it with its owner. He has reported both incidents to police, who have not responded to the Citizen’s requests for details of their investgations.
In May 2012, police busted a gang suspected of stealing bikes across the city and selling on the stolen parts.
One of those arrested was from Tuffley, where thieves also pinched a £300 electric bike from a cancer sufferer in 2011.