It was the quick-thinking of a resident in Colorado Park that led to the arrest of the man on Monday just after 5pm.
The woman had recognised the bike, an Avalanche Diablo worth R20 000, as her friend’s.
They belong to the same cycling club.
She immediately contacted security officer Andre Rushin, a former police officer and member of City Wide Security, who with his colleague, Nadeem Stouffer rushed to the scene.
The guards nabbed the thief with the bike and handed him over to cops at Lentegeur Police Station.
The owner identified it.
According to the owner, in October 2017, while cycling in Wespoort Avenue, Portlands, he was confronted by a group of men who forced him off his bike.
“The brazen robbers attacked the cyclist and took his bicycle by force and ran off, leaving the cyclist dumbstruck and abandoned.
“Three years later this bicycle was recovered when an anonymous person pointed the bicycle out to the response officers, who took the person to Lentegeur SAPS and handed the bicycle over to a police official.
The Daily Voice attempted reaching the owner of the bicycle, but he did not respond to messages.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirms: “A case of possession of suspected stolen goods is under investigation by Lentegeur SAPS while a common robbery case was registered in Mitchells Plain in 2017. One male was arrested.”