Key-snatching cyclist identified after public appeal by police

Posted On 11 Aug 2021 at 6:21 pm

A cyclist who snatched a driver’s car and house keys while at traffic lights has been identified within hours of a public appeal by police.

He was wanted after grabbing the keys at the New Church Road and Boundary Road traffic lights on the border of Hove and Portslade.

The cyclist was reported to have set off down Boundary Road towards the seafront after the incident.

Sussex Police issued its appeal for help identifying the cyclist this afternoon (Wednesday 11 August).

Shortly afterwards the force said: “A cyclist police wanted to speak to in relation to an incident of theft has been identified.

“Officers issued an appeal following an argument between a cyclist and a motorist at traffic lights at the junction of Boundary Road and New Church Road, at around 3.40pm on (Wednesday) 14 July.

“During the disagreement, the motorist’s keys were taken from the vehicle’s ignition.

“The cyclist has made himself known to police and inquiries are ongoing.”

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    Why do automobiles still have ignition keys? Surely it is possible for them – like doors – to have a combination system.It has always been a puzzle in films how often somebody leaves the key in the ignition and somebody else makes off with it.

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