Thursday 19 October 2017

Stolen bike worth €12,000 found in second-hand store for €120

Spanish police alongside a member of team Orica Greenedge with the recovered bike Credit: Malaga Police
Spanish police alongside a member of team Orica Greenedge with the recovered bike Credit: Malaga Police
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A bicycle worth €12,000 stolen from a team competing in an international cycling race was found for sell in a second-hand store for €120.

Spanish police recovered the bike when they were inspecting the shop for suspected stolen goods.

The bicycle was taken a few hours before from the camp of Orica Greenedge – an Australian team taking part in the Vuelta a Espana race (Tour of Spain).

Noticing that the bike was in “exceptional condition”, the police queried its unusual low price – on sale for €120, 1/110th its actual value – and was told it was sold to the store by a Malaga resident “with a long police record”.

The bike has since been returned to its original rider, police said.

In a statement (in Spanish), they added that they were going to offer a “jersey with stripes” to the person who stole the Orica Greenedge bike.

"His race ends in jail,” the police said on their official Twitter account.

The Vuelta arrived in Malaga on 24 August, on the third stage of the three-week race.

It finishes in Spain's capital Madrid on Sunday.

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