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Fame for Vancouver woman who stole her bicycle back from thief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 3:38am
 

A Vancouver woman has earned widespread fame for stealing back her bicycle from a thief after seeing it advertised online.

Kayla Smith, 33, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that her C$1,000 (HK$7,400) bicycle was taken from a rack in Vancouver's oceanfront Olympic Village - constructed to host athletes during the 2010 Winter Games and now a bustling neighbourhood.

Smith filed a police report.

The next day, she spotted an advert in the classifieds website Craigslist for a bike that looked suspiciously like hers, so she contacted the seller and arranged to meet him in a nearby McDonald's car park, posing as a buyer.

She told the CBC she immediately recognised her bike, with personalised stickers on the frame.

"Holy crap this is my bike," Smith told the public broadcaster. "Like what do I do? And then I was just, like, play dumb."

The woman asked the seller if she could take it for a test ride around the car park - and took off.

As news of her daring dash spread online, police cautioned against confronting thieves, but her actions continued to draw praise.

"Was it smart? Probably not. Was it badass as all Hell? Damn straight!" said a comment on the reader section of CBC's website.

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