A 22-year-old man has been sentenced for bicycle theft, following a British Transport Police Investigation.
Gary Taylor, of Orchard Road, Essex, was found guilty of bicycle theft and handling stolen goods at Basildon Magistrates Court on Thursday 29 April 2021.
On Wednesday 19 May he was sentenced to four weeks and six weeks imprisonment for each offence, to run concurrently.
The court heard how on 8 October 2020, Taylor and another unknown man were seen by a member of the public in possession of four bikes at Wickford railway station. The member of the public informed police who stopped Taylor, while the other rode away.
British Transport Police officers attended the station and spoke to a person who told them their bike had been stolen, matching the description of a bike seized from Taylor.
Taylor was found to have long handled pliers in his possession and CCTV footage showed him stealing a bike from a bicycle rack.
Sergeant Matt Bass said: “Taylor was actively targeting bicycles at railway stations to steal, equipped with tools to commit these crimes.
“The member of the public who rightly reported his suspicious behaviour helped us detain Taylor, prosecute him for these crimes, and return a stolen bicycle to its owner.
“We are working very hard to combat bicycle theft on the railway and urge anyone who sees something suspicious to text us on 61016.”