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Crime-fighting mom who led campaign against prolific bike thief shocked by judge’s decision

A crime-fighting mom in the U.K. who helped shine a spotlight on a prolific bike thief said she is “frustrated” that the man received “a slap on the wrist” for his crimes.

“[I] was really frustrated that he just got what amounts to a slap on the wrist. We believe he is part of an organized crime gang, stealing bikes [to sell for drug money],” Fiona Bateman told Fox News Digital in an emailed comment.

Bateman became a local crime-fighting hero in Witney, Oxfordshire, in 2021 after her neighbor’s security camera captured footage of a suspect stealing her son, Graeme’s, mountain bike from their garage. She posted photos of the suspect to Facebook, and “numerous people” identified the man as “Dave Seagar the bike thief,” she told Fox News Digital.

Bateman said she brought the footage to police, but they did not pursue the matter.

“[Bike theft] affects a lot of people who cannot afford to replace them. I don’t know the answer, but the question remains: ‘Where’s my bike, Dave?'” Bateman said.

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