Oddly Enough

Pedal power helps German pensioner catch bag thief

Residents of Brussels ride their bicycles when the city centre was transformed in a car-free zone for a day as part as the "Mobility week " in this file photo from September 18, 2005. REUTERS/Yves Herman YH/KS

BERLIN (Reuters) - An 80-year-old German woman whose handbag was snatched from her bicycle basket by a passing cyclist gave chase on her own bike and recovered her stolen property.

As she pedalled in pursuit of the 41-year-old thief through the western town of Buerstadt, she alerted a driver who stopped the culprit and held him until police arrived.

“The woman had the guts to say, ‘I’m not taking that’,” a police spokesman in nearby Darmstadt said on Thursday.

Police retrieved the bag and returned it to its owner.

Reporting by Jacob Comenetz; editing by Andrew Dobbie