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Fedster posted a topic in Nottinghamshire PoliceA bike used by police to catch thieves was stolen and never returned, it has been revealed.The yellow "capture bike" was stolen from Queen's Medical Centre on March 13, 2014, and the cycle has yet to be found. Phil Matthews, chairman of Nottinghamshire Police Federation, said the thefts are not unexpected and they happen from time to time. He added: "These things happen for a whole host of different reasons. "It's professionally a little embarrassing but you have to take the rough with the smooth." The theft came just five months after Nottinghamshire Police positioned 15 brightly-painted bikes around the city, marked with the warning message "Capture Bikes in Operation". The bikes were dotted around the city's cycle racks and other bike theft hotspots in a bid to catch thieves in the act. A first aid kit, breathalyzer and iPhones were also among items stolen from police officers over the past three years. The findings were released under the Freedom of Information Act by Nottinghamshire Police. A police book, which fell out of an officer's pocket while making an arrest, was stolen in Keyworth on August 5, 2014. The item was later recovered and the offender was given a community resolution. In December 2013, an iPhone and sat nav were stolen from a police car in Daybrook, and the thief was charged for his crime. A police breathalyzer, costing £200, was stolen off an officer in Green Lane in April 2013, and the item was later recovered. Other items stolen out of police cars include a camera in April 2014 in Ravenshead and a first aid kit in November 2013 in Fairham. Police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said thefts from police officers shouldn't happen. He added: "The chief constable has issued very fair advice and every case is individually investigated." No one was available for comment from Nottinghamshire Police yesterday. http://www.nottinghampost.com/Bike-used-Nottinghamshire-Police-catch-thieves/story-26518982-detail/story.html