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Police aim to reunite victims with recovered stolen bikes after man jailed – Watford

22 Sep 2021
  • Do you recognise any of these bikes? They were seized from the home of a prolific thief who was jailed earlier this month.

  • John Smith, of Chow Square in Dalston, London, was sentenced to a year in prison after being charged with ten counts of bike theft in Watford

  • Police are now trying to reunite the bikes with their rightful owners - please get in touch if you think one of them may be yours

Police officers who helped jail a prolific bike thief are releasing images of the stolen property they recovered in a bid to reunite them with their rightful owners.

John Smith, aged 34, of Chow Square in Dalston, London, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after being arrested and charged in connection with the theft of ten bicycles in Watford.

Smith, who had been remanded in custody following charge, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Friday 3 September.

The court heard how between June and August this year, Smith stole the bikes from locations in Watford – mostly from the High Street and Rickmansworth Road areas.

He was arrested on Thursday 5 August after he was stopped in Watford town centre and found to have a set of Allen keys, bolt croppers and a lock-picking tool on his person, as well as two suspected stolen bikes.

A search of his property subsequently revealed even more suspected stolen bikes, which were seized by police.

He was charged with:

  • Ten counts of theft of a pedal cycle
  • One count of going equipped for theft
  • One count of breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

Now Smith has been convicted and sentenced, police have issued photographs of the recovered bikes in the hope they can return them to whom they belong.

PC Rory Farmer, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: “Smith is a notorious thief and clearly has no qualms about targeting honest and hard-working people.

“We are pleased that he has received a custodial sentence and is no longer free to commit his crime sprees which harm the community.

“We have already reunited one bike with its rightful owner but we are now releasing images of eight others we currently have stored in the hope we can return them to their original owners.

“To date we have been unable to match these bikes to any existing crime reports so if you believe one of them may be yours, please get in touch.

“You will need to provide proof of ownership and/or the bike’s serial number in order to have it returned to you.”

You can email PC Farmer at rory.farmer@herts.police.uk, report information online at herts.police.uk/report, talk to one of our Force Communication Room operators via web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call our non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 41/B2/17413/21.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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