Bike that travelled 10,000 miles stolen back in Bristol
A CYCLIST who rode 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia has had his treasured bike stolen – after he left it locked in a rack yards from the restaurant where he works.
Sam Swain rode the Dawes Super Galaxy hybrid touring bike from Ireland to Japan, passing through Turkey and Iran and spending three months crossing India before cycling through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and South Korea.
But the bike vanished from a rack in Quakers Friars as Sam was at work in nearby Italian restaurant Carluccio's, where he is a waiter.
The 22-year-old, of Stapleton, is frustrated that despite being given CCTV footage of the crime in progress, which clearly shows the suspects, police have yet to contact him, more than a week after the theft, to let him know whether they have enough evidence to arrest them.
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The bronze-coloured bike, worth about £1,000 new, was taken from the rack where it had been secured with a combination lock at about 8.30pm on June 1.
As soon as Sam realised the bike had gone he reported the theft to a Cabot Circus security guard.
Staff found CCTV footage of a woman with a boy aged about 13 by the bike and the same boy riding off on it while the woman left on foot.
The footage was passed on to police but when Sam visited the police office at the Galleries the following day he was told that there was a "slim chance" of recovering the bike.
He was told an officer would be assigned to the case but has yet to hear back from them.
"It really annoys me because there's footage of the person stealing it but little prospect of getting it back," said Sam.
"There seems no point in having security cameras and patrols in Cabot Circus if they can't crack down on it straight away."
Sam set off on his ten-month intercontinental journey with his father Mark, 54, two years ago, to fulfil a childhood dream.
He said: "We cycled from Ireland to Japan, across Europe and Asia, with no problems throughout that trip.
"We come back to England and my bike gets stolen."
The timing of the theft was all the worse for Sam as he was in training for another long ride, from the UK to Poland, starting next month.
Avon and Somerset Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "This theft was reported on Saturday, June 2, and the following day was assigned to a local beat manager to investigate.
"CCTV of the incident is being examined to try and identify the person who stole the bike in order that they can be dealt with and the bike recovered.
"The theft of bikes is taken seriously and we would encourage anyone who knows people who steal or handle stolen bikes to get in touch with us."