An enraged dad has slammed Staffordshire Police for their lacklustre efforts in tracing criminals who stole his £8,300 motorcycle.
Married dad-of-one, Ionut Iancu, who goes by John, has found a wealth of CCTV footage from multiple cameras showing the theft and group of six men behind it.
His red BMW S1000 RR was stolen from his locked garden, behind a two metre fence and watched by CCTV on April 24 at around 4.50am, in Austin Street, Joiners Square.
John has connected the thieves to a car through his CCTV detective work and even confronted them in the street.
When he set eyes on the gang in the next street he called the police and they ran away, but was told it was ‘not an emergency’ by the force, who didn’t send an officer.
Now the 26-year-old Amazon delivery driver has demanded police action, he said: “I told the police I could see the thieves and they said it wasn’t an emergency. I saw the group of six in Cornes Street and they saw me on the phone and started running.
“The police said it wasn’t an emergency and they’d try to send someone, but no one came. I’m from Romania and have lived here for five years. If that happened in Romania and I called the police they’d be there straight away.
“I’ve seen the car they use, I have the registration and I’ve given that to police. It should be easy to find them with that information. They say they can’t use the info unless I have footage of them getting into it. It’s not even taxed or has an MOT. They could have destroyed it by now. Then how would they catch them?
“If I see them face-to-face and I fought with them then the police would be here to arrest me.
“He has been twice to steal my motorbike, once my wife was down to feed the baby and the light went off and scared him.
“Now I don’t feel safe for my family as they’ve ignored the CCTV and jumped my two metre fence. The police do nothing.
“I have had to find all the evidence from neighbour’s cameras, that is supposed to be the police’s job. This is not a free service, we pay for their service, and have gotten nothing for it. It has gone up every year.
“If I don’t pay council tax, they come and arrest me. But what service are we getting?”
Staffordshire Police have been contacted for comment. Deadline may 4 close of play
John is asking for neighbours in the Austin Street areas to check their CCTV and provide any information they may have to the police using crime ref: 178/24/04