Offender caught on CCTV after South Normanton bike theft

Chesterfield magistrates court.
Chesterfield magistrates court.

A thief was captured on CCTV after he stole a bicycle from a South Normanton man’s garden.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, on Friday, October 24, how James Phillips, 54, of Common Road, Huthwaite, snatched the mountain bike from a property in South Normanton.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “The complainant discovered his bike had been stolen from his front garden. His mother has CCTV outside and images were posted on Facebook and a neighbour of this defendant recognised him.

“A family member then realised what had happened and phoned the defendant and the bike was returned.”

Phillips told police he had been walking his dog and had visited a family member and saw the bike and took it. He explained he had received a phone call from his son who was angry with him and he returned the bike.

Phillips, who has previous convictions for two shop thefts and for possessing a blade in public, pleaded guilty to the theft of the bike which happened on October 22.

He also pleaded guilty to previously failing to attend court.

Miss Anderton said Phillips had shown remorse and was ashamed. She told the court that Phillips has drink problems after his wife left him and he suffers with depression. She added that he previously failed to attend court because his poorly dog is due to be put to sleep. Magistrates fined Phillips £73 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.