Bike thief is behind bars
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.