Stolen bike found through social media

Owner tracks stolen Harley through Facebook and Twitter

Posted: 15 August 2012
by Visordown News

Donald Pyper with his Harley. Pic via STV

A HARLEY owner found and retrieved his stolen bike after putting a plea out over social media sites.

Donald Pyper, 32 from Edinburgh, had his distinctive grey Harley stolen from a car park outside his house. Before reporting the theft to police he uploaded pictures of it on to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Sightings of the bike soon came into Donald and with a little detective work he tracked the bike to the city's Silverknowes area.

He told Edinburgh Evening News: "People kept reporting sightings of the bike around the same areas, so I worked out where it was likely they would be. I stood at the junction of West Shaw Road and Marine Drive, and before long I saw them go past.

"There were three people on the bike, completely overloading it. What made it worse was that one of them was a very young boy, in his early teens at best. Not one of them was wearing a helmet.

"Luckily I had an idea where they were going, having found a hiding place nearby earlier that day. Sure enough, the bike had been dumped there when I arrived."

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Great news he got his bike back but a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Where's Donald's crash helmet?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 09:54

pot kettle black....??? no helmet vs theif ? mmm me no think so

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:23

Judging from his stance and the bizarre use of the middle and ring fingers to apply the front break, I would say his bike is stationary and he is just posing for a photo

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 11:38

Looks like an MT350 they all have the same key to fit the ignition and a screwdriver works as well, it was designed this way for the army just in case they lost the key. So it does make them easy to steal. (and no I am not a bike thief, just Know a lot about MT350 and Armstrong 500's).

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:46

*brake... oooops

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 13:42

Looks like he is riding it to me unless there was a strong wind that day, look at his t-shirt! his braking technique is very strange, not seen that one before!

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 14:28

Judging by the missing right hand indicator and 'on the pee' left hand indicator, I reckon that bike may not have been returned to it's owner in the same condition it was taken.
About the only time I've known social media to be of any real use mind.

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 14:43

Congratulations... now a swift, street justice beating is needed for the offenders!

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:09

Gary Mason = Correct

Posted: 16/08/2012 at 02:35

Re riding and brake lever.
Know him quite well and he lost his thumb and little finger in a freak yachting accident on the M1 (eastbound)just after Junction 28 Pinxton

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 14:51

Does beg the question tho: how long would it have taken plod to find the bike? Me thinks maybe never.

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 08:32

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