Darlington bike thief to pay victims back at rate of £5 per week (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Darlington bike thief to pay victims back at rate of £5 per week
4:51pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A THIEF who stole bikes worth more than £2,000 will pay his victims back at a rate of £5 per week.
Carl Hollywood stole four bikes, thought to be worth about £2,500 altogether, from bike sheds at the Aldi warehouse, on the Faverdale Industrial Estate, in Darlington, on July 19.
Paul Power, prosecutor at Darlington Magistrates’ Court said the 24-year-old, of Dinsdale Crescent, Darlington, was caught on CCTV with another man using bolt cutters to snap the locks off the bikes.
The bikes, which belonged to Aldi staff, were later put up for sale on the internet.
Mr Power said: “It appears to have been targeted because it is two men, four bikes - they can get away on two each. There is some element of pre-planning.”
In mitigation, Stephanie Dobson said Hollywood, who has a long history of offending, stole the bikes out of desperation.
She told the court that, after being made homeless, unemployed Hollywood spent three-and-a-half months living in a tent.
“He found it extremely difficult to keep appointments at the Job Centre and was sanctioned for being five minutes late to two appointments. He stole by way of desperation,” she said.
Hollywood pleaded guilty to four counts of theft at an earlier hearing and returned to court today (Thursday, September 5) for sentencing.
Magistrates ordered him to pay £2,100 in compensation at a rate of £5 per week together with a £60 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.
He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and undergo 12 months of supervision.
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