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Police return stolen bike after 15 years

Caroline Bursell · 23 Aug 2011, 16:49

Published: 23 Aug 2011 16:49 GMT+02:00

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“I thought it was someone pulling my leg. I thought they must’ve had the wrong number,” she said to The Local.

34-year-old Agneta Wallén reported her bike stolen in 1996 after it had been taken from where she had parked it while at work.

An important mode of transportation for Wallén at the time, the loss impelled her to report the matter to the police immediately.

Initially harbouring the hope that the bike might be found within a year, the Gävle native was later obliged to give up the search. She eventually forgot the whole incident.

On Wednesday the police located the long-lost mountainbike in Söderhamn, 69 kilometres to the north and a city Wallén had never set foot in.

With the help of Walléns personal identification number carved into the frame, the police traced the bike's origins and notified her of its discovery, much to her disbelief.

“I laughed so much that the police eventually started laughing too. I was sure it was a prank my husband was playing on me,” she told The Local.

“It wasn’t until I phoned the police back directly , that I actually believed the bike was found,” she said.

When she was reunited with her beloved bicycle, she felt a wave of nostalgia.

“I was given the bike when I was in high school. The memories came flooding back as soon as I saw it,” she told The Local.

The bike is in almost the same condition, according to Wallén, save for some rust on the handlebars and a punctured front tire.

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A single souvenir that the bike picked up on its travels was a sticker that read "The Red Cross 300 kronor", suggesting that it had at one time been for sale.

The bicycle’s whereabouts and what it has experienced in the years Wallén spent without it remains a mystery.

Caroline Bursell (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:25 August 23, 2011 by muscle
phew.... people really know how to keep their bicycles good!
17:34 August 23, 2011 by andyron2
Fantastic work by the police.
17:49 August 23, 2011 by conboy
They are sure to find out who killed Olof Palme by 2086!
22:26 August 23, 2011 by riose
System works.
22:48 August 23, 2011 by victzie
My God is this news,should we shout with joy that the police is doing a great job,A BIG NO!!!!!!!!!!think again.
23:23 August 23, 2011 by Keith #5083

Ahhh, come on, lighten up. Mind you, since you feel so strongly that they can do a better job I guess we can all expect that you will try to join the Police Force, ya know, to improve things. Maybe we can vote for you to be in charge of, erm, moped thefts?
08:05 August 24, 2011 by Lemon1987
And what about those lost 15 years without bike ha?,,
19:36 August 24, 2011 by srikanth koundalya
Funny, I lost my laptop in 2009 June, Stockholm. when i complained nothing found is reply. May be in 2024 i will get call to take my lappy (haha still hope is having, thanks to swedish police)
11:35 August 31, 2011 by Localized
LOL @ conboy
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