Stranded traveller stole mountain bike to fund trip home to Milton Keynes

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A CASH-strapped man stole a mountain bike and sold it to get money to travel home.

Edward Stokes claimed he was stranded in Sunderland and not able to get back to his home in Milton Keynes, so he stole a mountain bike worth £1,000 from Halfords in Washington – and sold it for £80 to fund his trip.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said that at first staff did not notice the bike had been stolen and replaced with a different one on June 4. But unemployed Stokes was identified from in-store CCTV footage and arrested.

Mr Anderson said Stokes, who told the court he could not read or write, said he would have taken a cheaper bike if he had known it was worth so much.

Tony Southwick, defending, said the 24-year-old was in the area with his partner, found himself without any money and decided to steal a bike. “He takes the bike, sells it and gets enough money to get him and his partner back to Milton Keynes,” he said.

“When he was arrested, he made full and frank admissions.

“He was remorseful when he speaking to the police and feels he was in a situation and did not know what to do.”

Stokes, of South Tenth Street, was ordered to pay £500 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.