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Police let Gloucester man with stolen bikes go - then they vanish after burglary discovered

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

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STOLEN bicycles worth more than £1,600 vanished after police stopped a man with both of them only a few days before.

When officers asked Danny James Goodhall what he was doing with a bike he was pushing in the middle of the night on January 18, he said he had bought it, magistrates heard.

They had to let him on his way because the Specialized Roubaix road bike wasn’t on their records as stolen but by the time they realised it wasn’t his, it had gone.

Goodhall, 38, of Stroud Road, Gloucester, admitted one charge of handling stolen goods when he appeared before Stroud Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 14.

The bench ordered him to pay the victim compensation for both bikes.

“Police stopped a male who was pushing a bike and riding another at 2am in Gloucester,” said prosecutor Graham Dono.

“He said he had bought the bike before Christmas and he was allowed to go on his way. Subsequent checks revealed it was stolen from Cheltenham.

“He was riding a black mountainbike and pushing a Specialized Roubaix and he said he had bought it from Leisure Lakes and paid £595.

“He said he had not had time to ride it because he needed to adjust the gearing.”

Mr Dono said the frame number was checked but it was not flagged up as a stolen bike at that time but further inquiries revealed it was.

“On January 22 police called Leisure Lakes - they said the bike was sold on December 31 to a resident of The Park in Tivoli, Cheltenham,” said Mr Dono.

“They went there and the householder was away. A crow bar was near the front door and the lock to the garage was broken.

“The owner was contacted by phone and he said the bike was worth £1,200.

“He said he had a Specialized mountainbike that he bought in 2010. That was also missing and these were the two bikes the defendant was seen with.”

Mr Dono said the bikes were not recovered.

“The victim is out of pocket by £1,625 because the defendant was allowed on his way at the time,” he said.

The Roubaix model is named after the most famous one day cycle race in the world, the Paris - Roubaix, which was held over Tarmac and cobblestones on Sunday, April 13.

Lisa Ellis, defending, said Goodhall was struggling at the time of the offence.

“He had a number of personal issues,” she said. “It affected his decision making. He was not thinking clearly. This was offending behaviour that he thought he had put behind him.

“He mental health is still suffering and he is drinking. He is coming to terms with the death of his father and the breakdown of his marriage. He is in work and has plumbing qualifications.”

He was ordered to pay £1,625 compensation plus £85 prosecution costs, and given a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision and 20 sessions of a thinking skills and behaviour programme.

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