A prolific cycle thief has been jailed for six months after being caught in the act by off duty police officers.
Joshua Collinson-Prime began his latest offending spree in Cambridge in May when he was captured on CCTV stealing two speakers worth more than £600 from John Lewis in St Andrew’s Street.
On 16 May he was again seen on CCTV to steal a locked bike parked at the Beehive Centre worth £1,200.
The 27-year-old was then spotted by off-duty officers on 19 June to break the lock of a Pinnacle mountain bike in Fitzroy Street. He was arrested a few days later.
At Cambridge Magistrates’ Court yesterday (28 June), Collinson Prime, of East Road, Cambridge, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, two counts of bike theft and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). He was sentenced to six months (24 weeks) in prison. He must also pay £1,200 compensation to his first bike victim.
His CBO is in place until June 2024 and states he must not:
Be in possession of any bicycle part/bicycle without proof of purchase/ownership/lawful rental
Advertise, sell, or offer to sell any pedal cycle of bike part that you do not have proof of ownership for financial or other gain
Go to any Co-Op in Cambridge within the boundary of the M11, A11, A505 and A14.
PC Emily-Jayne Matthews, from the Cambridge city neighbourhood policing team, said: “Bike thieves like Collinson-Prime cause misery to their victims. These bikes are often victim’s only mode of transport and can be expensive to replace.
“Cycle theft continues to be a priority for neighbourhood officers in the city. We are working closely with partners across the city to combat theft through cycle awareness days, bike marking with Immobilise, education, catching offenders and recovering stolen bikes with proactive patrols.
“We urge any victims to report thefts to us as soon as possible and to ensure their bikes are registered so they can be reunited with them if stolen.”