Edinburgh man gutted as brazen thieves target him in broad daylight

Pablo Fantova Ullod
-Credit: (Image: Pablo Fantova Ullod)

An Edinburgh resident has been left gutted after his bike was stolen in broad daylight.

Pablo Fantova Ullod, 28, moved to Edinburgh a year ago and said he had noticed a rise in bike thefts across the city.

The veterinary surgeon said his Whyte Hybrid bike was locked outside a pet shop on Granton Road on June 3. He was in the area working but when he returned at 12.30pm, it had vanished.

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Pablo bought the bike just three months ago and used it to commute to work.

He said: "My bike was stolen around 11.30am. It was locked in Granton Road in front of the Patch’s Pet supply store.

"I am a veterinary surgeon and I was working that morning when I left my bike locked to start my day of consults at 8.30am. I was about to take my bike to go to another branch and it was gone.

"It's a Whyte Hybrid bike, Malvern model, grey, size L, and I only bought it three months ago to commute to work. I was using my bike every week and I bought a hybrid bike because I really like to cycle and hike.

"I was hoping to be able to do some mountain hikes this summer with my bike."

Pablo Fantova Ullod with can in vet's uniform
Whyte Hybrid bike, Malvern model, grey, size L,

The veterinary surgeon explained that the bike is around £600 - £700 new, and he spent nearly £400 for his.

Pablo added: "I feel disappointed, I have been living in Scotland for five years, and I moved to Edinburgh about a year ago. This is the first time that something like that has happened to me but I’m not the first and I am not going to be the last.

"Almost everyone I know in Edinburgh that possesses a bike has had a similar experience. It’s quite frustrating"

The 28-year-old is asking locals to keep an eye out for his bike

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of the theft of a bike from the Granton Road area of Edinburgh on the morning of Monday, June 3, 2024.

“Following enquiries, no one was traced in connection. Should further information be received, it will be fully investigated.”