Stolen bike returned in great ‘nick’

Mystery still surrounds the theft of an Arbroath man’s bike after it was stolen and then returned, in better condition than before!

Douglas Illingworth (37) had his custom-built chopper stolen in May. Then a red beach cruiser was taken from the same spot last Saturday.

The stonemason, originally from Montrose, regularly left his bike behind Peppos Fish and Chip Bar, with the consent of the owner, in an enclosed courtyard while visiting his partner who lives nearby.

Mr Illingworth said: “As soon as I noticed my bike was missing on Saturday, I posted it all over Facebook to make people aware. The following day, I received a ‘phone call from a woman saying she thought her dad had purchased my bike from someone and wanted to come and return it.”

The next day Mr Illingworth was shocked by the bike’s condition. He said: “It’s crazy, it was stolen with broken handle bars, it was in need of being fixed up.

“I was so gobsmacked at the difference in my bike that I forgot to ask the man who returned it his name.

“He’d completely fixed it up, put new handlebars on it and repaired the brakes - he never even charged me any money. He said he had bought it from a foreign man for £15, so the mystery still remains [as] to who stole it in the first place.

“Before it was stolen, I couldn’t even ride the thing and now it’s in amazing condition. I’m so chuffed to have it back.”