Bike thief who struck at stations including Stevenage, Knebworth and Hatfield is jailed for 33 weeks

PUBLISHED: 17:23 16 June 2017

Stevenage railway station. Picture: Harry Hubbard

Stevenage railway station. Picture: Harry Hubbard

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A prolific bike thief who stole cycles at railway stations across Hertfordshire has been jailed for 33 weeks.

Dylan Finley, of no fixed address, stole bicycles worth up to £1,000 from stations including Stevenage, Knebworth, Hatfield and Cheshunt before failing in the attempt at Hertford East last December.

Appearing before Stevenage magistrates on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to six counts of stealing bikes, one of attempting to steal a cycle and one of having bolt cutters with him for use in theft.

The 38-year-old admitted thefts at Hatfield on September 15 and 22, Knebworth on September 17, Stevenage on September 20 and October 1, and Cheshunt on October 11. The unsuccessful attempted theft at Hertford East was on December 5.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of champagne from Majestic Wine in Hertford on December 15.

Chairman of the bench Peter Sweetman jailed Finley for a total of 33 weeks, noting his previous convictions and the high value of the bicycles stolen during the “string of offences over a short period”.

He also ordered Finley to pay a total of £1,018 compensation to the owners of the bicycles, and £27 to Majestic Wine.

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