Bike thief caught red-handed
Monday, November 26, 2012 8:59 AM
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26: A 19-year-old man today admitted stealing a cycle after the owner saw him riding it.
Alvyn Jennings of Devonshire pleaded guilty to taking the Honda Scoopy on October 30.
The court heard at 8am that day, the complainant parked the bike on his porch at his St David’s home and left for the day in his taxi.
When he returned later, the bike was no longer there.
Crown counsel Tawana Tannock told the court the complainant asked family members if they had seen the bike and when he was told no, he reported it missing to police.
The complainant and his son were driving in his taxi that day when they saw the bike being ridden west on St David’s Road.
He followed the bike and when he caught up with it, told the rider to pull over.
Meanwhile, his son called the police.
The rider then stopped the bike, turned around and began to ride east.
By the time the complainant turned his taxi around, the rider got away.
He continued to drive along Kindley Field Road to the airport and saw the bike parked in the short term parking area.
Police attended the scene and searched the area.
While they were searching, officers saw a car driving east and asked the driver to help with the search.
A few minutes later, officers stopped another car, searched it and found the defendant lying on the floor.
He was arrested and admitted riding the bike to the airport and being followed in a taxi.
Addressing the court, Jennings said: “I would just like to say sorry for wasting your time.
“I made a silly decision that I take responsibility for.”
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered pre-sentencing reports and adjourned the matter to January.
Jennings was given $2,000 bail with one surety.