This is the moment a carer’s electric bike worth £2,000 was wheeled into the back of a taxi after being stolen from his home.
The bicycle was taken from outside 32-year-old James Kelly’s property in Brierley Hill, and then stashed up the road ready for transportation.
CCTV caught two people loading the Stealth Bomber into a taxi outside Brierley Hill Motors as a friend of the victim tried to stop them.
James, a community carer, was left without transport after the theft – meaning he could not visit elderly and disabled people who he looks after in Dudley.
The dad-of-two told Black Country Live: “I feel really upset to be honest, distraught. It was my only means of transport for my job.
“I had built it from a shell of a bike, ordering parts off eBay. It took me eight months to build.
“My bike was locked up in a bike shelter outside my flat with a D lock. They cut the lock off and took it out of the shelter.
“I found out as soon as my neighbour from upstairs knocked the door. He said ‘they have just literally this second taken it’.
“I just immediately with no shoes went straight out.”
The bike was stolen at around 2.15am on August 4 from his address on Round Oak Court.
James said thieves hid the bike in a “entryway” opposite Brierley Hill Motors, located on Stourbridge Road, around one-and-a-half miles away from his address.
CCTV later showed two people, dressed in tracksuits, loading the bike into a taxi – and also the moment they are confronted by a friend of James who recognised the bike.
James said: “He pops his head in and said: ‘I know this bike is stolen, do you mind getting it out the vehicle and I will take it down to the chap?'”
“They told him to ‘f*** off’ in the car and he walked away.”
In the meantime, the grandmother of James’ partner has helped to buy him another electric bike to get around.
But he has posted the CCTV footage on Facebook in a bid to get the Stealth Bomber back.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “The CCTV footage is very unclear but if anyone recognises the men with the bike or the taxi driver, please contact us.
“Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat on our www.west-midlands.police.uk website or by calling 101. Quote crime reference number 20/1510954/21.”
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