A HARLEY owner found his stolen bike after putting a plea out over social media sites.
Donald Pyper, 52 from Edinburgh, had his distinctive grey 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."