Sunday 23 November 2014

Bike theft victim ‘overwhelmed’ by incredible support on Twitter

Jennifer McShane

Published 01/08/2014 | 12:48

A Dublin man who tweeted a CCTV screen shot of a thief stealing his bike, has told the independent.ie that he was “overwhelmed and amazed” by the incredible support he received following the incident.  

Paddy Cosgrave from Ballsbridge managed to tweet a  CCTV shot of the thief stealing his bike, and asked his 18,000 twitter followers to help in any way they could. Paddy, whose tweet was retweeted over 1,000 times, says he never could have predicted the incredible response his initial tweet would receive.

“I thought the response was genuinely amazing, and really showcased the fantastic community spirit that is in Dublin,” he told the independent.ie.

Though his bike has yet to be found – Dublin’s Funked Up Fixies have offered to “sort him out” if this remains the case -  Paddy said that his disappointment at losing the bike diminished once people began to reach out and offer messages of support.

“I couldn’t believe how many reached out to me,” he continued. “I was ready to give up, but I was told so many times to contact the gardai, which I did, even though I was afraid I was wasting their time.”

He praised the professionalism and kindness of the gardai, who were eager to help, and said that bike theft was a “big problem” that they wanted to crack down on. “They were so unbelievably kind, which was great.”

“I just want to thank all the people that helped me in any way – your support has been amazing,” Paddy added.

If anyone happens to see a figure that resembles the robber in the tweet  – Paddy says that he’s going to work on getting some enhanced CCTV footage of the robbery online – please contact him on twitter or phone the guards. 

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