Stolen from Combrew Lane, Bickington, Barnstaple …….
On their third return visit, the first helmet clad moped rider was challenged and grappled with by the owner of the stall. Clothed only in a dressing gown, the owner was dragged a few metres up the lane by the accelerating moped before mounting it as a pillion passenger. The passenger subsequently managed to destabilise the bike crashing into the tarmac. Meanwhile, the other moped rider was observed making a hasty retreat, speeding off into the darkness in the direction they had both originally come.
The apprehended local young man, had a stocky build, dark eyes, dark hair, and was about 5'11". While waiting for the police to arrive he was quick to say, 'My mates got your stuff........', 'If you let me go, I will get your stuff back.......', 'I won't do it again let me go.....'.
The police were quick to arrive, taking the young man into custody.
Were the repeated visits made in close duration as there is only so much someone on a moped can carry at any one time? Was the observed car unusually present at one end of Combrew Lane at the time of this incident used to deposit the stolen goods before return visits were made, or did the driver see the moped riders?
If you know anything about this breach of trust in our normally quiet local community, or are offered / find discarded jam, beetroot pickle, small boxes of christmas lights, LED light trees, or doggy egg cosy, ask where they came from.