Thief sold £400 bicycle for £40

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A THIEF stole a bike from inside a building in Sunderland.

Anthony Sloanes, of High Street East, Sunderland, rode off with the £400 cycle, then sold it for £40 to pay off a debt.

The 43-year-old was captured on CCTV and pleaded guilty to theft at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said Sloanes’s victim had been going to an employment workshop in Frederick Street.

Anna Haq, defending, said: “He was released from custody in January. Before that, he was in receipt of Income Support at a fairly high rate.

“When he was released from custody, he was receiving a low rate. He was barely able to survive and that is why the theft took place.”

Sloanes was given a nine-month community order, with six months of drug rehabilitation, and ordered to pay £250 compensation to his victim.