A GANG of bike thieves from Bristol are using Instagram to brag about all the bikes they've stolen from the city.
The ‘Bristolbiketaker’ Instagram account, which is currently set to private and at the time of writing has just over 1,600 followers, contains over 100 photos of stolen bikes.
The thieves frequently appear in pictures with the bikes, with faces obscured by emojis or hoods and balaclavas. They also post videos of themselves riding the bikes.
The account description reads: ‘They call me Mr steal your bike Jail rider / Bristol we take everything and anything.’
A motorcyclist whose Triumph Street Triple was stolen from a North Bristol shopping centre car park says he saw it on the Instagram account before it was later recovered from a disused quarry near.
Avon and Somerset Police has said it is ‘aware of the social media account’ and that its content is being actively investigated.
Motorcyclists in Bristol are so angry at increasing levels of bike theft in the city that they’ve put together a document containing locations of common theft locations and sites where the thieves are suspected of taking the bikes to ride, store or strip them.
The document also details the names, addresses and photos of suspected bike thieves in the city and is shared on the UK Motorcycle Theft Protest Facebook group – which protests against the level of bike theft and motorcycle crime in the UK and calls on the authorities to address the problem.