An overjoyed cyclist was reunited with his stolen road bike – worth around £1,500 – after bike store staff helped police track him down.
Paul Jordan was devastated when the Giant TCR Composite road bike was taken by thieves as he shopped at Meadowhall.
Police later seized the bike near the Giant bike store on Queen’s Road and enlisted the help of manager Andy Liversidge to track down the owner.
He called the company’s HQ to get a full history record on the bike, which had been dispatched to neighbouring shop JE James two years ago, and a list of everyone who had bought that model.
PC Rob Price then called all the owners until he found Paul.
Andy, who has also confronted two sets of thieves who tried to steal from his store, said: “Having your bike stolen is every cyclist’s worst nightmare.
“This is a rarity, getting a bike back to someone, that’s why I want to shout about it.
“We are being proactive in trying to combat crime which to me is really important.
“It was great work from the police, Giant and JE James.”
Jordan was reunited with his bike at the Giant Sheffield store – which has seen sales rise by 50 per cent month on month.
Andy said women’s clothing sales were also up by 30 per cent, thanks partly to Tour de France fever, with more stock expected to fly out before the event arrives in Sheffield on July 6.
He added: “The conversation when people come in is that they have seen a lot about the Tour and are picking up on it.”