April 14, 2016

Steal and Return?

It's the bike theft equivalent of the catch-and-release routine popular among fisherfolk. In the past month, 12 high-end bikes have been stolen from outside a Shiva temple in Bareilly, India—and returned to the same location a few days later, no worse for wear. 

While local police are keen to apprehend the bike borrower, they do, upon receiving a report of a bike theft and before mounting an investigation or recovery effort, try to determine whether the crime occurred near the famous Tibri Nath temple. If yes, they assume the two wheeler will reappear in 4-5 days.

The psychologist quoted in the Times of IndiaI's story deems whoever is taking the bikes a kleptomaniac, but might s/he just be an incorrigible enthusiast, eager to try out as many expensive rides as possible?  

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