The Bike Hunters are used to travelling far and wide to track down stolen VanMoof bikes. But this is the first time a hunt has taken them across several borders in a single day. This month, Hidde and Indigo set off on a nail biting European road trip, while Folkert and Ryan chase a repeat offender in hilly San Francisco.
It sounded like it would be a simple Bike Hunt. But it always does. Fresh from their latest adventure, Hidde and Indigo settled in for a long drive to Germany. They were following the trail of a freshly stolen white Electrified S2, and the tracking coordinates led them to an industrial park just outside of Essen.
As soon as they arrived, the duo realised this was going to be much harder than they’d hoped – there were hundreds of shipping containers the bike could be in. Still, they wasted no time getting to work, hiding the Bluetooth scanner beneath their coats and trying to look as inconspicuous as two men wandering around an industrial park can look. Via the process of elimination, they eventually narrowed the search down to a single container, and looped in the police to authorize them opening it. The team’s hopes were dashed as soon as the doors swung open... there was no Electrified inside.
There was no such confusion in San Francisco, as Folkert and Ryan were nigh-certain they’d got their man. They’d been tailing a man suspected of multiple bike thefts, recently spotted with an Electrified that matched the description of one reported stolen. Watching their target from across the street, their suspicions were confirmed by a bystander – “that mother****er broke into my car!”
They knew they had to act fast, and jumped on their bikes before the thief could get away. After all that build-up, it wasn’t much of a chase. Folkert and Ryan quickly caught up and demanded that he hand over the stolen bike. Funnily enough, the thief ‘didn’t realize’ the bike had been stolen, and gave it back without too much extra persuasion.
As the San Francisco team celebrated, Hidde and Indigo hadn’t given up yet; their bike was now pinging coordinates from Antwerp. The boys didn’t relish the extra two-and-a-half hour drive, but they had a job to do. And now they were racing against time before the bike jumped to another location.
Pulling up in Belgium, they faced up to their next challenge. The bike was hidden in a bustling dockland, with shipping containers constantly being loaded onto ships for departure. Hidde and Indigo alerted the facility security and manically searched all the containers they could. But it was too late. Once again, they’d missed their target by just minutes.
It may have been a disappointing end to a day spent racing across Europe, but the Bike Hunters hadn’t gone down without a fight. Better still, they now knew that the missing S2 was heading for the UK. And the London team was already scrambling to intercept it.
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