Julia S. had secured her e-bike directly in front of the entrance to her building in Bornheim. Nevertheless, a thief managed to make off with her bike from the inner courtyard at around 6.30 a.m. on 9 March. However, the victim didn’t notice it had gone until 5.30 p.m. She reported the theft in the IT’S MY BIKE app at once. Thanks to the built-in GPS tracker, the IT’S MY BIKE Bike Hunter Team was able to trace the stolen bike and mount a search immediately in collaboration with the police.
According to the GPS signal, the bike was situated a little further east, towards central Bornheim. The police first searched a few building entrances and a garage at the bike’s last reported position. They also examined a surveillance video taken at a crossroads nearby. However, the thief continued to move further east from Bornheim and towards Riederwald. It was all highly exciting for the customer, who followed the hunt for the stolen bike. “Minutes seemed like hours, just like in a crime story.”
Just two days later, the Bike Hunter Team detected more movement – a mere few metres from the police station in central Frankfurt. Unfortunately, the police were unable to catch the thief at first as he entered Konstablerwache station and took an underground train to Bornheim. He then parked the bike in a residential area there, near Günthersburgpark. The police were called in and managed to detain the thief with the vehicle in a building entrance late in the evening. The e-bike was repossessed and taken to the police station in Bornheim.
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