This is the moment a sneaky thief was captured on CCTV stealing a bike from outside a Sheffield swimming pool.
The shifty criminal pretends to make a phone call and has a quick look around to check the coast is clear before cutting the chain and swiping the cycle.
The thief struck outside King Edward’s swimming pool on Clarkehouse Road, Broomhill.
Fed-up cyclist David Williams said it was the fourth bike in the last five years he has had stolen in Sheffield.
The 70-year-old, of Handsworth, has had bicycles stolen from outside the Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island, outside the Jobcentre on West Street and from the back of his own house.
CCTV footage of the latest theft on September 3 shows the thief pretending to make a phone call before crouching down next to the £270 bike and cutting the locks before riding away.
David had cycled five miles to the pool and secured his bike before goping swimming at 8.40pm – and CCTV shows the theft happened just 15 minutes later.
He said: “This latest incident has left me really angry, I’m really annoyed by the whole thing.
“There is all this talk about getting on your bike, keeping fit and keeping traffic off the road but it’s not really an incentive when your bike keeps getting stolen.
“It’s not like I left it there without securing it. I tied it up inside the grounds and chained to a steel fence.
“He must have used some sort of industrial cutting equipment I found some metal wiring on the ground from the cable.”
Bicycle theft in Sheffield has risen 14 per cent over the past two years.
Figures released by South Yorkshire Police show 597 bicycle thefts in Sheffield were reported from April 2013 to March 2014.
The figures from the same period in 2014-2015 had risen to 695.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are currently investigating a reported theft of a bicycle from outside the King Edward swimming pool on Clarkehouse Road.
“It is reported that an unknown person took the black mountain bike, which was locked up outside the premises.
“Enquiries are ongoing to locate the bike and the suspect.”
- Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 1167 of September 3, 2015.
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