'Brazen' thugs use angle grinder to steal family bike in south London
Watch as ‘brazen’ thieves use angle grinder to steal cargo family bike from street in south London
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This is the moment two ‘low-life’ thieves steal a family’s cargo bike from a residential street in south-east London.
Footage shared on Twitter shows the masked yobs using an angle grinder to free the white bicycle from its lock at around 5.30pm in East Dulwich on Wednesday.
The duo appear unperturbed by shocked passersby, with one woman heard saying ‘oh my god’ as she films the crooks on her mobile phone.
The thieves eventually free the bike, which has a child carrying seat attached to its front, before fleeing the scene.
The woman who filmed the clip wrote to the Metropolitan Police on Twitter: ‘Here is a video of two men stealing a bike in East Dulwich, just before 5.30pm today.
The thieves eventually free the bike, which has a child carrying seat attached to its front, before fleeing the scene
Thieves use an angle grinder to free a bike from its lock on a residential street in East Dulwich
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‘It happened on Crawthew Grove. Another lady was on the phone to you whilst I filmed them but I had to go before you arrived. Let me know if I can help in any other way.’
Twitter users branded the men ‘low lives’ for stealing a family bike as they complained that such thefts in the capital have become ‘completely out of control.’
One wrote: ‘It’s a cargo bike to transport children, it’s a little person’s means to get to school/nursery/playground… what type of low-life even does this?’
Another said: ‘This makes me so angry, and it’s got a child carrying seat on the front… scum.’
MailOnline has contacted the Met for comment.
Figures released in November showed that only 1% of bike thefts in London resulted in a charge or caution in the 12 months prior.
Between November 2021 and October 2022, more than 18,800 bicycle thefts were reported, but only 206 sanctions recorded.
But the capital is not the only affected area. It comes after another video showed thieves using an angle grinder to steal a commuter bicycle outside a busy railway station in Kent last month.
The act was caught on camera by shocked bystanders who called the police as the thieves shouted expletives at them, including telling them to ‘shut the f**k up’.
One onlooker can be heard asking ‘why are you doing it?’ as someone else calls the cops.
They say: ‘Hello love, we’ve got three little scrotes nicking a bike from Wrotham and Borough Green train station.’
Three brazen thieves used an angle grinder to steal a commuter bicycle outside a busy railway station in broad daylight
In the footage, taken at Borough Green and Wrotham Station in Borough Green, Kent, the thieves can be seen taking a minute to grind off the chain
But despite this no one intervenes to stop the tracksuit-clad trio.
The video received mixed reaction when it was shared online, with some criticising those who did nothing but film the incident.
‘And people are just watching them,’ one person sighed.
Another said: ‘Happy to stand there pointing a phone at them though? Why not just ring the police?’
Another lamented: ‘We have become a nation, expert at filming, I know, it’s good for gathering evidence, but come on, I would step in and do something, I know that they may have knives, etc etc.
‘But it’s not the way I was brought up, I would have to do something, anything, other than film.’
In the footage, taken at Borough Green and Wrotham Station in Borough Green, Kent, the thieves can be seen taking a minute to grind off the chain.
They then try to escape with the bike but the lock gets stuck in its spokes.
One of them tries to ride it but the chain appears to have come off and he ends up running up the hill pushing it.
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