Dublin pubs: Pair filmed riding bikes in Temple Bar as popular city pub pleads for return
Two youngsters were filmed riding a bike outside a popular Dublin city center bar – and the manager pleaded for it to be returned.
The couple were caught on CCTV playing with the lock and then riding their bikes.
The ThunderRoad Café on Fleet Street is now simply asking for the return of the bike, as it was incredibly expensive and important to its owner.
The ThunderRoad manager told Dublin Live that this is not the first time bikes have been removed from Fleet Street.
Patrick Gallagher explained that the owner of the bike was heartbroken because he loved cycling to work.
He said: “He was coming into all of his health and fitness and everything.
“One of his big things was that he wanted to cycle to work. He was bought through the bike-to-work scheme.
“The guy was thrilled with his bike. He was getting in pretty good physical shape by getting in and out of work every day.”
Patrick believes bike theft is a growing problem in the capital.
He said: “It’s a huge problem.
“There’s a gym just around the corner from our house. Last week I was walking to the gym and there’s a bike with a lock like that just outside the gym.
“There was a guy near him and he asked me if it was my bike and then he ran away.
The bike owner was devastated as he thoroughly enjoyed his daily commute to and from work.
Patrick said: “He’s just unmotivated, he put in a lot of effort to get this bike.
“He’s back on the bus now. It’s at a stage where a few weeks ago there was a really, really big storm and he was still going through that. He was really into it.”
The bar manager said no questions will be asked if the bike is simply returned to where it was stolen.
He also hopes that thieves would be discouraged from stealing bikes again in the future.
He said: “We just want it back. It would be nice if we got it back and the guys are a bit embarrassed by the video we uploaded on social media so they don’t do it again.
“Just drop it off, simple as that. Literally leave it at the front door, they don’t even have to apologize or anything. It would just be good for our staff member to get his bike back. It’s a big problem for him.”
Dublin Live has contacted An Garda Siochana for comment.
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