I just had to giggle about this piece of news that I came across today, talk about being glad that your motorbike broke down!
A certain gentleman called Mark Machae of Worcester went to have a look at a motorbike and after viewing the machine for a while asked if he could take it for a test ride as he definately wanted to buy it. Like most sensible owners, the person selling the bike told him that he could provided he handed over the £1200 asking price.
Which he did, in a brown envelope!
Unfortunately the stash of £20 notes turned out to be photocopies and Mr Machae was in fact stealing the bike!
But all was not lost!
Luckily, or unluckily for Mr Machae, the bike broke down on the test ride and he was caught thanks to DNA evidence gained from a hair in a baseball cap, left at the scene of the theft, which forensic experts were able to match to Mr Machae. Mr Machae was sentenced to 4 months in prison, suspended for 2 years as well as being subject to a drug rehab requirement and was also ordered to pay £300 compensation.
Most of us are less than happy if our bikes break down, but I can bet you anything you like the owner was VERY glad of this breakdown.
I know I would have been if someone was was trying to nick my bike!
If you are selling a motorbike and someone wants to have a test ride make sure you really check any cash handed over as you may unwittingly be the victim of a similar scam. And you probably won’t be lucky enough to have your bike break down on the test ride.