There are few things worse than having a bike stolen. The thought of your beloved ride being sold on half price is worsened only by the thought of it being scrapped for pieces, and while you may dream of getting it back, the chances of that happening are horribly low.
Indeed, normally when a noble steed is yanked away from its owner before its time, the only thing left in its place is an unabated hatred for the dirty thief who took it, and the thought of what you would do if you every actually came across the fiend in question.
Sometimes, however rare, this face-to-face confrontation actually does happens. And as you’d imagine, it’s not always pretty.
Recently a soldier at Sir John Moore Barracks in Winchester noticed that the £1000 bike he had recently had nicked was up for sale on eBay in the area, so he arranged to meet the seller in order to get the ride back and reap revenge.
The solider was in for quite the shock, though, when he discovered the man who had committed the crime was none other than a corporal from his own barracks. Keeping his cool in a manner that would've been beyond most in the circumstance, the solider reported the non-commissioned officer to the Royal Military Police, who made an arrest.
A source from Sir John Moore’s told Sunday People: “The allegations are embarrassing for the base, but are being taken very seriously. The guy who had his bike pinched was absolutely furious, and set about a plan to get it back.
“Now the whole thing is being investigated. It’s the talk of the barracks. All internal theft is frowned upon in the forces. Military personnel should be able to trust each other implicitly.
“A corporal is helping officers with their inquiries. He could face severe consequences, including court martial or military prison."
The cyclist in question can certainly rest comfortably in the fact, then, that the robber involved will get exactly what he deserves.