Guntree: Two held at gunpoint in bogus bike-ad robbery

Victims robbed of £1,800 and van after responding to Gumtree ad

Posted: 19 September 2013
by Visordown news

TWO men were held at gunpoint after responding to a bogus motorcycle ad on the classifieds website Gumtree.

The robbers took £1,800 cash, a van and the victims’ wallets and mobile phones.

The ad was listed on Gumtree last week and removed the night of incident, on Wednesday.

A Wirral man travelled to Stockbridge Village in Liverpool with a friend to collect the fictitious bike.

The father of the 24-year-old victim, who does not want to be named for fear of reprisals, told the Liverpool Echo: “There was an  advert for a cheap motorbike on Gumtree. It looked like a  proper advert. You would never  have thought it wasn’t real.

“He phoned the number and  they told him where to meet.

“He and his mate drove to the location in the van and when they got out they were confronted by two men in  balaclavas.

“One of them had a handgun and the other had a knife.

“They shouted at them ‘Get on the floor, get on the floor.’ They took the cash meant for the bike, £1,800, their wallets and their mobile phones.

“They took the keys to the van and drove off.

“My son’s  shaken up by it. I am sleeping at his house at the moment  because he is afraid of repercussions.

“I want to speak out because I think it needs highlighting. How many other people have they targeted?

“The police told me that a  similar thing happened where someone was lured and attacked with baseball bats.

“People need to be careful.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers were called at about 10.20pm to Cremorne Hey to a report two men had been  subjected to an armed robbery and their vehicle, a white LDV Maxus panel van, had been stolen along with their phones and cash by two men armed with a knife and what was believed to be a handgun.

“An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151  777 6562 or Crimestoppers on  0800 555 111.


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Oh, come on, we have to see the ad. Stock photo of a nice bike, copy-pasta wording, suspiciously cheap price, collect from the dark end of the industrial estate at night because I is work late there, innit?

They're not that hard to spot, and it'll be a damn sight easier to track them down via their IP address (no, they won't have been behind 7 proxies) than if they'd posted a free ad in the local rag or the board at Tescos.

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 10:13

Liverpool at night ? That should have been a dead giveaway something dodgy was going on. Surprised they didn't need an interpreter to understand what the deal was about. lol

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 11:18

these are bikers that got screwed by thieves.
I hope they get justice.

If we dont have sympathy for our own, then we are screwed.

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 17:13

Sympathy, yes, but these violent scams wouldn't exist if folk didn't keep falling for them.

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 10:12

Hi there: I live in Cape Town (for my sins!) and read the recent story on your site re: Gumtree and the guys held up and robbed of their hard-earned cash while trying to buy a bike.

We also have Gumtree here in South Africa and it's something of a mixed blessing, it seems.

If memory serves me correct about a year ago a young white guy (no, I'm not a racialist), decided to sell his BMW car on Gumtree.

Some Coloured guys from the Cape Flats area contacted him about the sale and dropped by for a test ride. To cut a long story short they forced him out of the car and not content with just stealing same, shot and killed him and dumped his body along a beach road.

His body was later discovered along with the car, and the guys responsible appeared in court on a murder charge. South African law can take a while to run its course, but suffice to say maybe your Brit guys were "lucky" only to lose bucks and not their lives.

Unfortunately, South Africa is a very violent country and anything up to 40 murders a day take place countrywide. Seems, we pay dearly for the sunshine ...

To sum, with the Gumtree website, et al, bargain hunters need to be very careful. Goodness knows I've bought stuff on it myself, ie: my current F650GS, for example.

Every time I go past the roadside cross `complete with picture', I think of the guy who lost his life for a simple thing like a car. (Ex pat)

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 18:37

Concealed Carry works wonders on the criminal element.

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:42

In the context of the UK, that's as helpful as saying being a wizard works well.

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 07:46

Absolute rot Brenboy. Concealed carry in this case would've ended with dead people rather than just some stolen cash. Alive people can get over it.

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 08:20

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