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Bicycle stolen to get home after probation meeting

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 15, 2010

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A PROLIFIC offender stole a bicycle in order to get home after a probation appointment.

Craig Franklin, 24, of Bretlands Way, Stapenhill, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court charged with stealing two bicycles from Burton Railway Station in Borough Road, Burton, as well as being in possession of a quantity of cannabis.

The first theft happened on October 14, when a bicycle belonging to Mazivita Chirmuuta, worth approximately £200, was stolen.

The second theft took place on October 19, when a bicycle worth approximately £300, belonging to Mark Myatt, was taken.

Prosecutor, Giles Rowden, said the police had picked up on the fact that Franklin had been using the railway station on both days to get to a probation appointment for an earlier offence in Tamworth.

When they arrested him they found a small bag of cannabis in his possession.

Mr Rowden asked that the cost of the bicycles be reimbursed to the injured parties, and pointed out that they had both been inconvenienced by the thefts as they had used the bicycles to get to and from home.

Franklin’s defence solicitor, Sonia Lawrence, told the court her client was considered to be a prolific offender.

She said: “One bicycle he took to get home on and the other he sold for credit for his mobile phone.”

Another issue raised in court was the fact that on the morning of his court appearance the police had gone to arrest him on the grounds of breaking the conditions of his bail.

Franklin had been ordered to live and sleep each night at a property in Mead Crescent, Stapenhill, however it was discovered that he had not done this.

Franklin told the court that he had moved into a new address in Bretlands Way, Burton, as his landlord had thrown him out of his previous address for failing to pay his rent.

Prior to moving, he had been living in a shed at the Bretlands Way address.

Franklin was sentenced to four months in prison for each of the bicycle thefts, as well as seven days for possession of a class B drug, all to be served concurrently.


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