A 44-year-old mom has become a true inspiration for Londoners who have been targeted by bike thieves. Sharon Jenson took matters into her own hands to get back her $915 bike after her case was closed by the police due to “lack of evidence”. She went full undercover detective mode to find her bike, and her story is an inspiration to many.
Sharon found an ad for her bike on Gumtree just a few days after it has been stolen from her local high street. She says that the police told her to contact the guy, but not to go and see him on her own. They advised her to stall him while they could send someone to go with her and get it.
Despite getting the thief’s first name, his address and phone number, the authorities refused to help her. “All information was reviewed and it was decided that there was insufficient information to proceed with an investigation,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
The authorities refused to help Sharon, despite getting the thief’s first name, his address, and his phone number. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that all information was reviewed and it was decided that there was insufficient information to proceed with an investigation.
Sharon, however, didn’t want to give up. She bought a cheap sim card, and contacted the seller while posing as a potential buyer. She even scheduled a ‘test drive’ for the bicycle.
“It has made me realize how bad the state of policing is here. It’s unbelievable that victims of crimes are having to investigate and then collect their own stolen items. And then nothing is done still. It makes me so angry.”
The housewife met with the thief alone. She says that he asked her to walk into the house several times, but she told him ‘no’. She felt really nervous, even knowing that he’s only a bike thief, but she confronted him on her own.
When she identified that the bike was indeed hers, she asked the ‘seller’ if she could ‘test drive’ it. She even had an empty handbag prepared to leave it to the thief. Even though she knew it was a very dangerous thing to do, she thought that it was her only chance. She then cycled away, got to the corner, and pedaled away harder and harder, and faster and faster. Sharon eventually found safety in a corner shop, and she asked the staff to keep her bike while she was getting the car. The thief eventually understood what was happening, and demanded her to bring the bike back. However, she told him the bike was hers when he called her later, and he laughed and hung up.
Sharon found an ad for her stolen bike on Gumtree and contacted the police.
The police, however, refused to help her due to ‘lack of evidence’.
Sharon took matters into her own hands, went to the bike thief by herself, and took her bike back.
People had a lot to say about her struggles, but truly admired her courage and determination to get what’s hers: