The thief likely thought it was broken, confused his fellow bike-stealin’ bros and the pawn shop was like, “uhm what’s this.” Unintentional humor in the news report includes the caption
DISTINCTIVE: The wobble bike
The bike bends in the middle and it is not really meant for the daily commute as the front fork has been turned around.
So if you see a Chav trying to ride this, call a Bobbie! The bike was bought by Cycling England, which gives the council funding for Cycle Cambridge. It cost £50 and joking aside, they use it a cycling events to get kids interested in the bike.
Also, don’t steal a bike from the Mayor’s Wife, Bro.