This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 6 °C Sunday 8 December, 2019
Advertisement

Canadian woman steals back stolen bicycle

“Was it smart? Probably not. Was it badass as all hell? Damn straight!” said one commenter.

A VANCOUVER WOMAN earned widespread notoriety online today for stealing back her bicycle from a thief after seeing it advertised online.

Kayla Smith, 33, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that her $1,000 (€712) bicycle was taken from a rack in Vancouver’s oceanfront Olympic Village — constructed to host athletes during the 2010 Winter Games and now a bustling neighbourhood.

Smith filed a police report.

The next day, she spotted an ad on the classified advertisements website Craigslist for a bike that looked suspiciously like hers, so she contacted the seller and arranged to meet him in a nearby McDonald’s parking lot, posing as a buyer.

She told the CBC she immediately recognised her bike, with personalised stickers on the frame.

“Holy crap this is my bike,” Smith told the public broadcaster. “Like what do I do? And then I was just, like, play dumb.”

The woman asked the seller if she could ride it around the parking lot and took off.

As news of her daring dash spread online, police cautioned against confronting thieves, but her actions continued to draw praise.

“Was it smart? Probably not. Was it badass as all Hell? Damn straight!” said a comment on the reader section of CBC’s website.

- © AFP, 2013

Read: 63-year-old man refused entry to Legoland because he wasn’t with a child >

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (44)