Scots cyclist's stolen bike listed on eBay 180 miles away

By Lisa Rand & Tara Fitzpatrick

An Edinburgh cyclist was reunited with his stolen bike after it was listed for sale of eBay almost 180 miles away from his home.

The Saracen Arial mountain bike, described as “extremely valuable”, was taken from the owner’s home on July 7.

However our sister title The Liverpool Echo now report how the bike was finally returned to him when police in Wirral, Merseyside, discovered it for sale on eBay.

A 42-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "Officers in Wirral have recovered a stolen bike to an Edinburgh man after it was advertised for sale on eBay.

"On Wednesday 7 July, a high-value Saracen Arial carbon fibre mountain bike was stolen from the Edinburgh area. Following enquiries, it was established that attempts were being made to sell the bike online. Officers attended the address of the seller and a man was detained.

"A 42-year-old man from Egremont, Wirral was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and remains under investigation. The victim was presented with his bike by Constable Graham Ford from Wirral Community Policing Team. "

Wirral community policing team officer Ford said: “This investigation is ongoing but it’s extremely pleasing to see this valuable and cherished possession returned to its rightful owner.

"We will act on all information, working alongside other forces, to identify and return stolen goods.

"Burglary is a distressing experience and we hope that such a positive result is a comfort for this and other victims of burglary.”

Community Policing Inspector Alan McKeon added: “We’ve seen a recent increase in bike thefts on the Wirral and these items are often, as in this case, extremely valuable.

"We’re keen that owners of such items invest that little bit more on good security so have a look at our website, where you will find advice on making your home and shed as hard a target as possible.

“We also sometimes run bike security events where free security marking is available so follow Wirral Police on Twitter and Facebook for such events.”

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