In a strange but true robbery case in Manchester, England, three thieves walked into a motorbike shop and stole a Yamaha R1, a Honda CBR1000RR and a Honda CBR600RR, forgetting to take helmets with them.

Tony Crawford

As soon as the robbers exited the shop, local police that happened to be passing by noticed the suspicious riders escaping. The police then proceeded to chase the thieves only to have their duty officer in command telling them not to go through with the pursuit.

Shop owner, Tony Crawford (not to be confused with our resident road test editor), was understandably frustrated with the decision by police and said he wants the rules revised, saying in a recent Daily Mail report,

"Police told me that they had seen them speed off, but that they don't give chase to people on bikes as it is too dangerous. It seems strange that they can't chase these people when they're right there in front of them, and obviously if they had I might have my bikes back."

The police said they were instructed not to chase the thieves due to the high risks involved. We suspect it has something to do with legal issues and possible litigation that could have resulted further down the track.

Two men aged in their mid-twenties were later arrested in suspicion of theft after one of the bikes was recovered.