On Tuesday 28th September 2021, Lee Love of no fixed abode appeared before the Nottingham Magistrates Court to face charges of two bike thefts from the Compton Acres area of West Bridgford.
Love attended the Rushcliffe Arena leisure centre on Tuesday 7th September 2021 on a pedal cycle and left this bike locked up to one of the racks at the front of the building.
He then stole a 13-year-old’s mountain bike whilst the teenager was inside using the centre’s facilities.
Love also attended Tesco Express, Compton Acres shopping centre the week after on Wednesday 15th September 2021 on a pedal cycle and left this leaning up against the shop wall.
He stole a mountain bike belonging to a 23-year-old whilst he had just popped into the shop.
Neither bike has been recovered but Love was charged for both offences and received 42 days imprisonment as well as having to pay both victim’s compensation.
PCSO TURNER holds regular cycle marking events in the West Bridgford area which can be very popular – marking over 50 bikes minimum per event with Bike Register stickers.
Two stickers are fixed to each bike; one on show as a visible deterrent and one is on the underneath of the bike as a backup.
The stickers become anti-pick after two hours and will only peel off in tiny specs if attempted to remove.
These stickers have bar codes on so that if officers stop an offender on a bike we can get this back to the owner.
Further to this, members of public can also check the database at the point of buying a bicycle to see if the owner is legitimate in the sale.
It is highly recommended that you take care whilst owning a bicycle and taking it out of your house or even leaving it in your shed.
Bicycle thefts are on the increase and owners of bicycles are reminded to take make sure that you are using a D-Lock.
DO NOT use a coil lock as these are easily snipped through in a second whereas a D-Lock will deter bike thieves as these cannot be easily chopped through.
For upcoming events, please keep an eye on West Bridgford Wire or Rushcliffe Borough Council websites.