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Woman uses Facebook to turn the table on thieves

The anti-hero is a popular trend in Hollywood these days. Millions of people rooted for Walter White to the bitter end, no matter how evil his exploits turned in the television series “Breaking Bad.”

Wanting to see good people win, even if their methods are questionable, is understandable at times. This story is one of those times.

How theft victim used Facebook to turn the tables

What we’re talking about is a woman in the U.K. who had her bicycle stolen. Jenni Morton-Humphrys took to Facebook to appeal for help in finding the bike. She posted several photos on the social media site, hoping to find someone who had seen it either in person or online.

Luckily, another cyclist was able to track down the stolen bike, as it was listed for sale on Facebook’s Marketplace. They informed Morton-Humphrys about the listing and she went to the police.

The police were of no help. They were unwilling to accompany her to the culprit’s home to retrieve the bike.

She decided to take matters into her own hands. Morton-Humphrys contacted the seller and said she was interested in purchasing the bicycle and scheduled a time to meet so she could check it out in person.

She told the Bristol Post, “I pretended to be interested and asked silly questions about the bike. I said the saddle was too high, and asked if I could get on it to test it out.”

The seller said a test-drive would be fine. Morton-Humphrys climbed onto the bike and quickly drove away, never to return. She successfully took back her stolen bike. Chalk one up for the good guys.

Even though she was able to get back her stolen property, this could have ended badly. The thief could have chased her down and who knows what would have happened?

Police always advise against taking matters into your own hands. In most cases, especially when the stolen property is considered petty theft, it’s a good idea to leave the sting operations to law enforcement. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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