I wanted to see if there was any pattern to GTS300 thefts in London.
Mine (LD11 SRX - black with chrome bars, fly-screen and topbox in case you see it) was first nicked in March in SE1 using a master key.
It turned up in Scotland a month later as part of a Serious Crimes Squad investigation (?).
I got it back, but in September it was taken from outside my flat in Clapham - they kindly left the front wheel locked to the lamppost. I think it appeared briefly on Gumtree in Kennington as a "300 reg as a 125", but got taken down before I could go and have a look.
I had put down a deposit on a replacement to pick up this weekend, but that was stolen two nights ago before I could even pick it up to have it stolen myself. It's like cutting out the middleman.
From reading all the threads, it seems they're either being nicked for smash and grab get away vehicles, or to be ringed into "300 reg as a 125" and turning up on Gumtree.
Is there any other pattern? Is it impossible to have a 300 in London anymore without a Doberman chained to it? Is it worth setting up a database of "300 reg as a 125" when they pop up to see if they can be tracked down?
Or is it a no-hoper? Any ideas welcomed!
The lost Vespa