Sickening CCTV footage went around the internet last week. The footage showed this Lambretta being literally thrown into the back of a scruffy looking white Ford Transit van by two even scruffier low-life vermin. We’ve obtained the full unseen CCTV footage showing the owner arriving at a friend’s house. A few minutes later the white van stops in front of the house, causing another vehicle to reverse to get around it. The van’s number plate was taped up and one of the toe-rags was already in the back with the rear doors partially open. The van can be seen reversing on to the drive but the driver decides it’s too risky, or he gets spooked and pulls off. Minutes later he returns, there are plenty of witnesses – either on foot, walking dogs, on bikes or in cars. None of them take any notice of the very suspicious badly driven van. Even though somebody is clearly in the back and there’s a green bag taped over the number plate. Seconds later two males bundle the lovely looking scooter into the back, roughly tipping it up sideways in an effort to get the back doors shut. The van pulls away with the passenger side door swinging open, the van forces on-coming traffic to stop as it pulls off the drive. Somebody somewhere will know this vehicle, or will have seen a suspicious van with taped up reg plate driving around that day.
The 1964 Li 125 belonged to a couple (we won’t name them here) from South Birmingham Scooter Club and had just been restored from the frame upwards. The scooter was sprayed in “See it from space” white according to the owner, who had bought the scooter for his girlfriend. It was built by Gary at Gransport using an electronic ignition, GP crank and had minimalist period chrome and blue Vigano accessories fitted. The gear and fork linkages were finished in show chrome and it also had a set of Scootopia rims fitted with Mita B13 whitewall tyres. It was only the second time it’d been ridden since the rebuild and his girlfriend never got the chance to have a go.
The owner, who runs Discount Scooter Tyres had The Sun newspaper chasing them for a story about the theft but sent them off with a flea in their ear, he told us “We don’t want that kind of victim sensationalism, they never portray scooterists in a good light!”
Like most decent scooterists, we abhor thieves at SLUK, especially scooter thieves. We also know from last weeks story about Chuck’s scooter that the more people who share a video, or news item about something like this the better chance the owner has of being reunited. Please share this footage around as much as possible, you never know we might just be able to report on the owner getting the scooter back, or the unlucky thieves falling off a tall building. If you know anything about the theft or get offered a cheap Li, or the dismantled parts of one, you can get in touch with us in the strictest of confidence.
If nothing else comes of it, at least let this video be a serious warning to us all. Don’t leave a scooter unattended without locking it securely to an immovable object. It only takes a few seconds for an opportunist thief to have it away.