You wait forever for a bike thief to have a crisis of conscience and return a stolen bike to its rightful owner – then two arrive at a time, from either side of the world, one to India, one to Canada.
Meanwhile, closer to home, a man in the Netherlands who collects bicycles for a children’s charity has been mistakenly identified as a bicycle thief – after he recovered a bicycle outside the wrong house .
First, let’s head to Assam, famous for its tea, in northeast India where, although he has locked his bike in a high security compound of his official residence, Mrinal Saikia – a member of the state legislature – returned to find he was gone. .
After reporting the theft on Facebook and filing a complaint with the Principal Secretary of the Assam Legislature, the bike was returned this morning, reports the Assam Tribune.
A bicycle thief also had doubts in Whitefish, Ont., Reports the Daily Inter Lake.
In its regular roundup on the crimes, the newspaper said: “A regrettable thief stole a man’s bike in Whitefish before returning it a few days later.
“The reformed person placed the bicycle in its original upright position with a note that read ‘I’m sorry’,” the report added.
Even thieves in Canada are aligning themselves with the cliché of politeness of the nation, it seems.
Regarding the case of mistaken identity in the Netherlands, English-language website Eindhoven News reports that the man was branded a “brutal bicycle thief” on social media after posting a surveillance footage showing him taking a bicycle in the garden of a house in the city.
Charles Hermans, who was already towing dozens of bikes on his trailer, was shocked when he saw footage of himself – the 73-year-old volunteers from the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB), collecting bikes in the province of Brabant which were donated to underprivileged children throughout Brabant.
He said: “Today I picked up 46 bikes. I’ve been doing this for six months now. I have already collected 1,200 bikes this month.
It turned out that he had taken a bicycle from the wrong house. “People always put the bikes that need to be picked up in the front yard,” he explained. “I think I made a mistake.”
He contacted the owner of the bike to organize its safe return.