Bike burglar who followed tyre tracks sent to prison

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Tyre tracks in the snow alerted a thief who made off with a bicycle worth more than £1,000 from an unlocked shed.

Christopher Jones of Shakespeare Avenue in Grantham admitted burglary of a non-dwelling with intent to steal.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Jones, 34, came to commit the offence in Harlaxton Road, Grantham, after taking shelter in an alleyway during a blizzard on March 24.

Mr Pye-Smith said: “He saw tyre tracks leading to a shed.

“He had the impression the property was unoccupied. He did not go into the house but did go into an insecure shed and remove the bicycle.

“He was caught within a short space of time.”

Mr Pye-Smith described the crime as “an offence committed on impulse”.

Jones was caught when a passing police officer saw him with the bike shortly after the theft. The Focus Variado bike was estimated to be worth £1,200.

Jones also admitted stealing sealant from Wilkinsons worth £7.99.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told the court Jones was caught on CCTV placing the sealant under his t-shirt before leaving the store.

Jones admitted both offences, as well as breaching a suspended prison sentence.

Magistrates decided to activate the suspended prison sentence and sentence Jones to 10 weeks in custody.