Bike thief is be­hind bars

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A se­rial thief who stole two ex­pen­sive bikes claimed he too was a crime vic­tim.

Alexan­der Ta­lent told po­lice one of the cy­cles, worth £900, had in turn been stolen from him.

For­tu­nately for the le­git­i­mate owner, the other – worth £3000 – was still at Ta­lent’s home when the po­lice ar­rived.

Ta­lent (34), a pris­oner, was sent to prison for 13 months at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court.

He ad­mit­ted steal­ing the bikes af­ter forc­ing open a garage in Low Wa­ters Road, Hamil­ton, in No­vem­ber 2017. He also ad­mit­ted fail­ing to turn up at court for the case in Oc­to­ber.

Vish Kathuria, pros­e­cut­ing, said the house­holder dis­cov­ered some­one had smashed his garage win­dow overnight and had made off with the bikes.

For­tu­nately, the house was cov­ered by CCTV and po­lice were able to iden­tify Ta­lent from the footage.

Mr Kathuria told the court: “Two days later of­fi­cers at­tended at the ac­cused’s home.

“He let them in and pointed to one of the bikes, the more ex­pen­sive one.

“He apol­o­gised for what he’d done.”

De­fence agent Stephen Macbride said Ta­lent had been short of cash, hav­ing had prob­lems with the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions.

The lawyer added: “He co-op­er­ated fully with the po­lice. Some­what iron­i­cally, the other bike was stolen from him be­fore the po­lice ar­rived.”

Sher­iff Thomas Mil­lar pointed out that Ta­lent’s last two court cases re­sulted in jail stretches of 14 months and 11 months, both for theft by house­break­ing.

And the sher­iff jailed Ta­lent for nine months for the bikes theft and four months for the fail­ure to at­tend court, to be served con­sec­u­tively.

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