UPDATE: Stolen bike found for sale on internet by Chichester firm

A bike similar to the one stolen from City Gate House car park. Picture submitted
A bike similar to the one stolen from City Gate House car park. Picture submitted

A bike belonging to a CEO has been returned to its owner after it was stolen from a Southgate car park yesterday.

Staff at Linn Systems Ltd said the bike was found for sale on an internet site shortly after it vanished from outside City Gates House.

CEO Fjodor Dzjuba said his wife pretended to be a buyer in order to draw out the people selling on the stolen bike and arranged a meeting, conducted by Mr Dzjuba and his sister.

He said: “It was quite an operation. We turned up and saw two teenagers who had my bike and confronted them. They denied it. We called the police and they legged it.”

Police then were able to recover the bike and give it back to its rightful owner this afternoon.

The company, which shares a building with the Observer, said they were grateful for the help and that CCTV would be installed in the car park.

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