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Weekly Edition - Published  30 May 2016

 

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Bike theft pair sentenced for stealing almost £10,000 worth of cycles

A man, who worked as part of a 2 man crime team, stealing 15 bikes, over a 6 week period, from Railway Stations in Cheshire and Merseyside, has been jailed for 7 months following an investigation by Officers from the British Transport Police. Dale Murphy, aged 22, from Liverpool, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court, on Wednesday, 18 May 2016, after pleading guilty to stealing 15 bikes, along with Neil Gandy, also 22, from Liverpool. The court heard that between 20 February and 10 April 2016, both Murphy, and his partner in crime Gandy, operated in the Cheshire and Merseyside area, repeatedly targeting Railway Stations, at Widnes, Hunts Cross, Warrington Bank Quay, Warrington Central and Liverpool South Parkway, as well as committing additional bike thefts in Warrington Town Centre and the Speke area. Over the course of 6 weeks, between them Murphy and Gandy stole high value bikes, totalling almost £10,000, in some cases abandoning them at Stations if a more expensive model caught their eye, then using the Rail Network to transport the stolen property. CCTV images from the Stations identified Murphy and Gandy, as the thieves and mobile phone data placed them at the locations of the thefts. A subsequent search of Murphy and Gandy's home addresses revealed numerous bike parts. Both pleaded guilty to 15 bike thefts. Dale Murphy was sentenced to 7 months in jail and Gandy received a 7 month suspended sentence, for 2 years with a 35 day rehabilitation order, along with a 3 month curfew.  Investigating officer PC Ray Williams said:- "Indisputable CCTV evidence tied Murphy and Gandy to the scene of their crimes and thankfully put an end to their crime spree. The pair clearly saw the bikes as an easy target and stole high value cycles totalling approximately £10,000, most of which were successfully recovered and returned to their owners. Given the amount of bike parts found at their homes we can only assume that the pair had been stripping some of the bikes in a bid to disguise others they had stolen. While Murphy is behind bars and Gandy received a suspended sentence, opportunist bike thieves are still out there and we would remind cyclists to always ensure their bikes are well secured in designated areas when leaving them at stations. If you have saved to buy an expensive model then it's worth investing in a top notch lock to prevent it being stolen."  To learn how to protect your Bike from theft, visit:- BikeRegister.com and also go to:- immobilise.com for information and tips.

 

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