Bike stolen outside chip shop

The Northern Echo: Jack Smith with his bike before it was stolen  (8162626) Jack Smith with his bike before it was stolen (8162626)

A TEENAGE cycling enthusiast had his £3,000 bike stolen while waiting in a chip shop queue.

Police are now trying to trace the young man who took the Specialized S Works Verge while 17-year-old Jack Smith waited for his order.

The New College Durham student was at The Fry Inn, at New Kyo, near Stanley, County Durham, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday when the thief stuck.

The bike, which has a carbon fibre frame, was left against the window of the shop when it was stolen.

Mr Smith, who lives in the Annfield Plain area, said: “A group of five lads and two lasses came past and one of them came in to place an order.

“I had been watching the bike but turned round to pay and this lad got on the bike and pedalled away.”

Mr Smith is a keen cyclist and regularly goes for rides of around 30 miles on the bike.

He said: “I am pretty devastated that someone would come along and steal it so I would be grateful if anyone who can help me get it back can get in touch.

“I have put a lot money and hard work into it. I just want whoever is responsible to make sure I get it back. It means a lot to me.”

It is especially heartbreaking for Mr Smith as he built the bike himself as a hobby to get over the death of his brother Daniel, who suffered from Di George syndrome and died of heart failure two years ago.

His mother, Lisa Martin, said: “I really feel for him because he put his heart and soul into making the bike. It gave him something to focus on and he only finished it two months ago. It was his pride and joy.

“It is pretty unique and has markings so he will be able to recognise it.

“It will be hard to get rid of as it is too hot to handle.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Liam Padget at Stanley police by calling the non-emergency number 101.

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6:02pm Sun 13 Jul 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO.
Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.
Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO. Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 14

6:37pm Sun 13 Jul 14

asiot66 says...

Hopefully the lad gets it back, i'm a semi-keen road cylist myself and would be gutted if that happened to me and my bike isn't worth nowhere near that amount. With a bike that expensive he should have it security marked and logged on the cycle database
Hopefully the lad gets it back, i'm a semi-keen road cylist myself and would be gutted if that happened to me and my bike isn't worth nowhere near that amount. With a bike that expensive he should have it security marked and logged on the cycle database asiot66
  • Score: 11

7:10pm Sun 13 Jul 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO.
Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.
As much as iv said what i said above, i really feel for the lad.
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO. Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.[/p][/quote]As much as iv said what i said above, i really feel for the lad. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 11

8:13pm Sun 13 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO.
Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.
thief
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO. Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.[/p][/quote]thief LUSTARD
  • Score: -6

8:15pm Sun 13 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

theif, robber, dirty scum bag
theif, robber, dirty scum bag LUSTARD
  • Score: -2

9:57pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Blankface says...

My bike is worth no where near that much but it still would've come in the shop with me.
My bike is worth no where near that much but it still would've come in the shop with me. Blankface
  • Score: 2

10:24am Mon 14 Jul 14

Lmartin895 says...

It was my sons bike and he was stood 1ft away from the bike when it was grabbed. I get what people will think but its not as it was worded in the article. Also the bike is marked in various places
It was my sons bike and he was stood 1ft away from the bike when it was grabbed. I get what people will think but its not as it was worded in the article. Also the bike is marked in various places Lmartin895
  • Score: 7

10:26am Mon 14 Jul 14

Lmartin895 says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
NO EINSTEIN wrote:
Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO.
Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.
As much as iv said what i said above, i really feel for the lad.
He was stood 1 ft away from the bike. Yes it should have been chained and he has learnt a very hard lesson but he just never imagined someone would pinch it from right in front of him while he looked on
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: Would i leave a £3000 bike outside a shop in Stanley without locking it to something, ehh NO. Yes it was wrong for someone to steal it, but come on, if you give a theif something so tempting like that, there going to nick it.[/p][/quote]As much as iv said what i said above, i really feel for the lad.[/p][/quote]He was stood 1 ft away from the bike. Yes it should have been chained and he has learnt a very hard lesson but he just never imagined someone would pinch it from right in front of him while he looked on Lmartin895
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

areyouplentywet says...

Like others I do feel for the lad, when his parents were giving him the 'Don't speak to strangers' paranoia when he was younger they should have added 'and tie everything down'.
Like others I do feel for the lad, when his parents were giving him the 'Don't speak to strangers' paranoia when he was younger they should have added 'and tie everything down'. areyouplentywet
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Mon 14 Jul 14

sablepoot1967 says...

Probably one of them Romany Gypsie scum, like the ones on Benefit Britain tonight!!!!
Probably one of them Romany Gypsie scum, like the ones on Benefit Britain tonight!!!! sablepoot1967
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Mon 14 Jul 14

sablepoot1967 says...

Hope he gets his bike back soon.
Hope he gets his bike back soon. sablepoot1967
  • Score: 1
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