MORE than 90 bikes were stolen in Bedford in just one month this year - most of which were taken by just one man.
A total of 93 bicycles were taken from various locations around the town between May and June this year, many of which were recovered and returned to their owners when police tracked down the main culprit.
Kajetan Kosobudzki, 20, of Alamein Avenue, Bedford, appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on June 6 charged with theft of a pedal cycle and was fined £110 and ordered to pay compensation of £115.
He appeared again at Bedford Magistrates’ Court on August 6 charged with theft and was handed a suspended sentence for four weeks to last 18 months for stealing a number of bikes and attempting to sell them on eBay.
He was disqualified from driving for having no MOT and no insurance and given a suspended sentence of eight weeks for 18 months. He was ordered to pay £400, pay costs of £80 and do 100 hours of unpaid work.
A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: “There was a recent spike in the theft of cycles from the town centre, which we have attributed to one offender repeatedly stealing cycles and selling them on via auction sites. This person has been arrested twice and has been through the court process so we hope these offences will now drop.”
There are however still nine bikes, mostly men’s remaining at Greyfriars Police Station that have yet to be claimed by their owners.
Investigating officer Kimberley Gee would like to hear from people who had their cycle stolen in the town centre, or surrounding areas, schools or cycle racks anytime between September last year and May this year.
Officer Gee said: “We’d like to hear from anyone whose bike was stolen between September and May, around the town centre. I appreciate that most people will already have bought a replacement bike, or received an insurance payment, but identifying the bikes will also help us to progress this investigation so it’s important people do get in touch.”
In order to claim your bike you’ll need a crime reference number or other proof of ownership.
You can contact Kimberley Gee directly at Kimberley.email@example.com or leave a message via the 24 hour non-emergency number 101.