Bicycle thief cuts through the lock on an electric bicycle of £ 3,000 with an angle grinder in the mall

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A cheeky thief was filmed sawing through the lock of an electric bicycle for £ 3,150 with an angle grinder by a shocked passer-by in a shopping mall.

The villain was spotted using the battery-powered tool on the bike outside the Surrey Quays shopping center in Rotherhithe, south-east London, around 1.30pm on Saturday.

A witness said he was with three accomplices – one of whom was carrying a balaclava and riding a scooter – as he set off on the £ 3,150 Trek Powerfly 4 electric bike.

Spectator Martin Pelant filmed the theft and briefly challenged the man as he cut through the lock.

The bike’s owner, Adem Lakeman, 31, of Greenwich, London, said he felt “sick” after his electric bike was stolen as he used it to get around while recovering from two lumbar disc herniations.

On the footage, the cheeky thief is seen cutting through the bike lock outside the busy mall, while his balaclava-clad accomplice lurks in the background.

The footage shows the cheeky thief cutting through the bike lock outside the busy mall, while his balaclava-clad accomplice lurks in the background.

The villain was spotted using the battery-powered tool on the bike outside the Surrey Quays shopping center in Rotherhithe, south-east London, around 1.30pm on Saturday.

Orange sparks fly around the hooded man as he crouches over the bike while shocked pedestrians walk right past the man.

Martin says to the thief: ‘Is this your bike?’

The man looks up briefly and says ‘what?’ before continuing to saw the metal bicycle lock with the angle grinder.

His accomplices help him pull the broken lock away from the electric bike, which is equipped with a front fender and rear bag.

The thief then picks up an empty black and white paper carrier bag with a Flannels logo.

The clip ends while the thief straddles the bike and carries the paper bag in one hand and the angle grinder in the other.

Shocked spectators called police while the rude daylight theft was underway and Metropolitan Police confirmed that the investigation is underway but no one has been arrested yet.

The bike’s owner Adem Lakeman, who is a mechanic at Cycles UK, said he was visiting a friend and stopped at Tesco when his bike was stolen from the busy mall.

Spectator Martin Pelant filmed the theft and asked the man if it was his bike as he cut through the lock with the angle grinder outside the busy mall

Spectator Martin Pelant filmed the theft and asked the man if it was his bike as he cut through the lock with the angle grinder outside the busy mall

When he returned to pick up his bike, he found out it was gone and spoke to a passerby who had already called police and shown him the videos he took of the theft.

Adem said he had owned his electric bike for more than a year and used it to get to work as he is recovering from two herniated discs in his lower back.

He continued: ‘I felt sick after seeing my bike stolen. When I suffer from anxiety, it’s the only way I feel comfortable getting around.

‘When I started watching the videos shared on social media, I felt better knowing that people I did not know helped me find the thieves and shared the theft online.’

He also wrote on the Facebook page Stolen Bikes in London, where he thanked spectators for giving him information about the theft.

He wrote: ‘My bike, a Trek Powerfly 4, was stolen outside Surrey Quays Shopping on Saturday 6 November.

‘I’m sure some people may have seen the video where they’re already cutting the lock over with an angle grinder.

‘I want to thank the people who get involved, share the video and give it more attention.

‘I received information from one of the viewers who took the video, which has helped me tremendously.’

Spectator Martin shared the clip to Facebook and YouTube, where it has received a total of more than 42,000 views.

Commenting on the footage, Martin said: ‘Seriously? in broad daylight? With a grinder in front of a mall full of people? Today’s thieves really know no bounds. ‘

The clip ends as the thief straddles the bike and carries the paper bag in one hand and the angle grinder in the other.

The clip ends as the thief straddles the bike and carries the paper bag in one hand and the angle grinder in the other.

A Trek Powerfly 4 electric bike for £ 3,150 as the one that was stolen.  Owner Adem Lakeman, a mechanic at Cycles UK, later wrote on the Facebook page Stolen Bikes in London thanking spectators for giving him information about the theft

A Trek Powerfly 4 electric bike for £ 3,150 as the one that was stolen. Owner Adem Lakeman, a mechanic at Cycles UK, later wrote on the Facebook page Stolen Bikes in London thanking spectators for giving him information about the theft

“The officer who came in to file a report told the victim that if they find it, they should call their number and that they will show up undercover,” he added.

Martin told the cycling website road.cc that he had focused on filming the incident in the hope that someone would recognize the thieves from his clip.

“I focused on the one I could get a clear face of,” he said. ‘I just hope that someone recognizes them and that they are arrested.

‘I never thought such a thing could happen in broad daylight with an angle grinder in front of all people.

‘There were quite a few people passing by and some of them observed from a distance.

‘Another spectator was already on the phone with the police, who arrived after 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the mall’s security is located at the other entrance. ‘

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Saturday, November 6 at. At 1:32 p.m., police were called to a report of a bicycle theft at Surrey Quays Shopping Center.

‘The officers attended and conducted preliminary investigations. No arrests; queries continue.

‘Anyone with information that can help, please contact the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD3931 / 06NOV.’

Do you know the man with the angle grinder in this video? Contact [email protected]

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