Serial thief who stole £5,000 worth of bikes from Northampton avoids jail sentence

Northampton Magistrates Court
Northampton Magistrates Court

A thief who admitted stealing four bicycles worth more than £5,000 from different locations in Northampton, has avoided a prison sentence.

Damien Jackson, aged 22, of Grafton Street, Northampton, stole one bike worth £2,500 that was locked up outside the Levi Strauss depot in Swan Valley Business Park.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that Jackson had gone to the warehouse on October 24 last year to ask if there were any jobs available.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said Jackson told police after he was arrested that he had decided to steal the bicycle as it was “better than the one he had”.

Ms Moses said Jackson said he sold the bike for only £200 and it had never been recovered. The bicycle he used to get to Swan Valley was also found to have been stolen from the University of Northampton’s Park Campus.

Jackson, who pleaded guilty to stealing the £2,500 bicycle, asked for three other thefts of bikes – believed to be worth £300, £400 and £1,800 – to be taken into consideration.

Jackson also pleaded guilty to being in breach of an unpaid work order made in October last year.

The court heard that Jackson had not been attending his appointments with probation as he had been the victim of “bullying” and alleged that dog faeces had been thrown at him by other convicted offenders.

Jackson, who owes £2,220 in compensation to his victims, was sentenced to a two-year supervision order