Following a crime spree that lasted three months and involved the theft of 17 bikes, the perpetrator has been caught and sentenced to eight months in prison following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Thirty-year-old Graham Hughes, of no fixed abode, totted up a range of high value pedal bikes with a combined worth of just over £6000.
Hughes operated in and around Birmingham New Street Station targeting the cycle facilities and racks at Moor Street Link and the station’s drop and go area. Having been caught on CCTV, Hughes was seen approaching locked bikes, selecting his target and cutting the lock before making his getaway. This operation soon escalated, as Hughes drafted in an accomplice to remove the bikes once the locks had been broken. CCTV footage captured the moment that the pair rode away on the stolen bikes.
Investigating officer, Det Con Raj Phillips said: “This sentence is great result and should be a warning to anyone wanting to commit crime on the railways. The theft of bikes has been an on-going problem in the New Street Station area and we are extremely pleased to have been expeditious in this investigation and bringing this prolific offender to justice. We want to ensure that the public are able to use the extensive facilities offered at the station with the assurance that their property is safe. This is also an opportunity for us to remind bike users to securely lock and mark their property.”